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Barmak briefs MPs on situation in Farah, Faryab

Barmak briefs MPs on situation in Farah, Faryab

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Jun 06, 2018 - 18:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Wais Barmak on Wednesday accused neighboring countries of interference in western Farah province and blamed ongoing insecurity in northern Faryab province on political rivalries and presence of illegal armed groups.

Barmak along with Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami and National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) Chief MasumStanikzai had been summoned by the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house to brief lawmakers on security situation and recent developments in the county.

However, only Barmak appeared before the house and told the lawmakers that militants had been waging attacks since April 25 in nine provinces but failed to reach the target.

He said Ghazni province was central to militants’ strategy and more troops had been deployed in the province.

He said reforms had also been undertaken in Ghazni police and the purpose was to make police a national force.

Without naming any country, Barmak said interference of neighboring countries, narcotics and differences among some circles provided the militants the platform to increase their activities.

Earlier, Afghan defence minister in a veiled reference to Iran’s interference in Afghanistaninfo-icon, had said the conflict in Farah stemmed from the water dispute between Iran and Afghanistan.

Referring to Faryab, Barmak said: “Political issues and the presence of armed commanders contribute to insecurity in Faryab.”

An operation to improve security situation in the province had been completed on the paper and would be launched soon.

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