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Fast growing insecurity worries Gardez dwellers

Fast growing insecurity worries Gardez dwellers

May 09, 2018 - 15:57

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The residents of this capital city of southeastern Paktia province are worried about what the deteriorated security situation and increased terrorist activities, targeted killings and robberies.

They say the situation in Gardez has created problems for people, business activities, government officials and development projects.

Afzal Zyar, a resident of Gardez, said security forces have protected themselves behind walls while the most of the city and rural areas are insecure.

“People cannot run their businesses freely, students are worried while going schools and common people fear attacks while walking in the city,” he said.

Ihsanullah Ihsan, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said that recent targeted killings, incidents of kidnapping and insecurity had worried people.

“The situation has deteriorated to the level where one’s life can go in a second. While talking to you, I may be killed, targeted or kidnapped,” he said.

Provincial Council member Taj Mohammad Mangal expressed similar views and said armed attacks, kidnapping and robberies had increased and security forces had failed to ensure security.

Mangal alleged administrative corruption at the provincial police headquarters was main reason behind the messy situation.

“After the blast at police headquarters, the management and discipline of the force administration is questionable, as of now the police headquarters have not yet returned to normal state.”

Provincial Police Chief Brig. Gen. Gul Aqa Rohani acknowledged recent incidents of insecurity had worried Paktia residents, but added joint meetings of security institutions headed by the governor had recently ordered improvement in security of the city and on highways.

Rohani rejected allegations of bribes and corruption in police and said no one would be allowed to get illegal advantage of government authority and resources.


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