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Nangarhar activists seek commando action against militias

Nangarhar activists seek commando action against militias

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Aug 08, 2018 - 19:19

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists in eastern Nangarhar province have demanded President Ashraf Ghani dispatch commando forces for suppression of powerful indviduals spearheading illegal private malitias.

The acticists said illegal armed groups in the province were involved in land grabbing, insecurities, harassment of common people, but the local administration was unable to control them.

The civil society activists made the demand during a demonstreation in Jalalabad as they denounced recent incidents of violence in the provincial capital.

The activists retieriated their support for the president’s recent actions against powerful individuals.

Youth Affairs Director Matiullah Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News some powerful individuals had been arrested in other parts of the country as per the president’s directives and a similar action was needed in Nangarhar.

Civils society activist Abdul Rahman Moawen said handing security of Jalalabad over to the military was a positive step in the short-term, but police forces should be strengthened for durable security.

Noor Ahmad Noorani, another activist, said security issues should be resolved on permamenbt basis because the people of Nangarhar wanted lasting peace.

As requested by local security officials, Afghan National Army (ANA) forces took charge of the security in Jalalabad. The army has so far taken many steps such as moving tinted glasses, impounding illegal vehicles and stepping up the over-all security.

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