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Security forces not aiding uprising groups in Jawzjan

Security forces not aiding uprising groups in Jawzjan

Mar 26, 2016 - 17:14

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Uprising groups in northern Jawzjan province complain security forces are not supporting them, while local residents accuse the groups of harassing them.

Besides Afghan security forces; illegal armed men operating as uprising groups are also active fighting against militants in Jawzjan.

A number of upraising groups’ members criticising the government said the Afghan security forces did not come to their aid during clashes with insurgents.

One of them, Mohammad Akarm, a resident of Faizabad district, said the Afghan forces did not support them during clashes with militants despite direct calls for support.

“Afghan forces’ military vehicles patrol on roads outside villages, they do not enter villages. We have told them we fight in the frontline against rebels and they should stand behind us, but they don’t,” he said.

He expressed his concern about not receiving any support from security forces and said it would be impossible to thwart militant attacks in such a situation.

Zabit Khan Mohammad, another uprising member, said: “We picked weapons to prevent militant attacks on our villages, they kill innocent people and children and prevent students from going schools. We have no option but to stand up against them.”

He said there were currently no security problems on the Shiberghan-Mazari-Sharif highway and in Faizabad district and this had a positive impact on the security situation in some areas of Balkh province.

Khan asked security organs to support uprising groups fighting against militants, so they could play a positive role in ensuring security.

However, deputy police chief, Col. Abdul Hafiz Khashi denied the claims and said police supported these groups when needed.

“We have deployed at least six armoured tanks for uprising groups in Faizabad district, besides reinforcements are also sent when needed during fight against militants,” he said.

“Uprising groups sometimes engage in infighting and therefore security forces cannot support them in such a fight,” Khashi added.

Meanwhile, some residents said the presence of uprising groups was not in the interest of people. They said these militias were misusing their power and creating problems for people.

Khair Mohammad, a resident, claimed some uprising members were torturing local residents.

“Collecting Ushur and Zakatinfo-icon from people and using force against people are among unwanted actions of uprising members, their misbehaviour is forcing the youth to join Talibaninfo-icon,” he said.

But uprising groups denied these claims as far from true and said people lived a safe life in areas under their control.



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