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Nangarhar govt fails on security front: activists

Nangarhar govt fails on security front: activists

Jul 16, 2017 - 17:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A youth organization ‘Afghan Youth Civil Movement (AYCM)’ on Sunday demanded dismissal and trial of government officials following a surge in insecurity and targeted killings in eastern Nangarhar province.

Targeted killings and terror attacks including explosions have recently increased in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, and other parts of Nangarhar.

AYCM members told a press conference in central capital Kabul that they were deeply concerned about growing insecurity and targeted killings in Nangarhar.

Ghorzang Sial, AYCM head, criticized the provincial government for failing to control security incidents, particularly targeted killings in Nangarhar.

He asked the central government to sack those officials who had committed negligence in duty and bring them to justice.

“Seven people, including civil societyinfo-icon activists, poets and businessmen, have been killed by unidentified armed men in the past one week alone in Jalalabad city and some districts of Nangarhar, but the assassins always manage to escape,” he said.

Sial said economic mafia, monopoly of power, local powerful individuals, illegal armed men and weak security organs were reasons behind what was going on in Nangarhar.

He accused local powerful individuals and some figures in central government of monopolizing Nangarhar’s administration and creating problems in seeking jobs.

“Presence of illegal armed men in Nangarhar shows their connection with provincial and Kabul officials,” he said.

He said 17 districts of Nangarhar were currently under high security threat, disputing the Ministry of Defense (MoD)’s claim of defeating Daesh militants in Nangarhar.

“Daesh militants have reached the gates of Jalalabad and are more active in five districts than they were in the past,” Sial said.

Abdul Sattar Hayat, head of Pashayee Unity Council and a member of Nangarhar Social Council, said international forces and the local government was supporting Daesh fighters.

He urged the government to let people of the eastern region improve their security themselves.

AYCM presented a resolution letter in which the it had asked the government to pay attention to Nangarhar security and remove and prosecute security officials committing negligence in duty.

The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the local government had put strict security measures in place in Jalalabad and districts.

He said there was a ban on pillion motorcycle riding and vehicles with tinted glasses and a campaign against irresponsible gunmen was also underway.

About recent security incidents in Nangarhar, he said the incidents were not serious as some of them originated from domestic violence and personal enmity.

Khogyani said some civil society activists received directives from ‘others’ to create fears about security situation.



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