Pajhwok Services

SMS News Service

Photo Service

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

1,500 Sar-i-Pul families flee fresh violence to Balkh

1,500 Sar-i-Pul families flee fresh violence to Balkh

Nov 18, 2018 - 21:19

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Fresh violence has displaced some 1,500 families from their homes in Sancharak district of northern Sar-i-Pul province to neighbouring Balkh province, residents said on Sunday.

Members of the displaced families gathered in protest at the Provincial Council office of Balkh province today and demanded immediate military operation against insurgents in their areas.

Ali Khan Rahyab, head of Students Association in Sar-i-Pul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Sancharak residents had reported about Talibaninfo-icon’s presence in their areas to officials before their attack, but no one cared.

On November 12, hundreds of Taliban insurgents stormed Aab Kalan area of Sancharak district that left six civilians killed and forced more than 1,500 families into fleeing homes, he said.

Some of the displaced families are now living in Sar-i-Pul city while a large number others have displaced to Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh, Rahyab added. He said the displaced families were in bad situation and they needed urgent help.

He added the Aab Kalan area had partially fallen to the Taliban – a situation threatening the fall of Sancharak district if the government did not retake control of the area. Rayhab asked the government to stop militants from advancing in Sancharak district.

Maryam, a resident of Sancharak district, who fled the war and moved to Mazar-i-Sharif city last week, said they escaped from their area with serious hardships and left behind all their belongings.

About the Taliban’s attack on AabKalan area, she said: “It happened on the night of November 12. It was snowing when the Taliban attacked our area from four sides, the local people fled houses on the same cold night.”

She complained they did not receive aid from the government and international aid organizations after the passage of a week. She asked the government and security forces to help people in Sancharak district.

Mohammad Akbar, a resident of Aab Kalan area, said the government should be careful not to lose the strategic area.

With the fall of Aab Kalan, the Taliban would be able to easily penetrate into Zaray district of Baklh and Balkhab district of Sar-i-Pul, he said.

He also said that 1,500 families form 18 villages of Sancharak district had been newly displaced to different areas and were suffering from various problems.

Sar-i-Pul officials confirmed hundreds of families had been displaced in Sancharak district as a result of recent violence.

Governor’s spokesman, Zabihullah Amani, told Pajhwok that families displaced from Sancharak were residing in the capital of Sar-I-Pul and Mazar-i-Sharif city.

He said the governor’s house was in contact with aid organizations for providing assistance to the affected families.

He said military operation in Sancharak was going slow due to bad weather condition. However, the central government is making a plan to conduct a wide scale ground and air operation in the area, he added.

Around two million people have been displaced as a result of drought and recent violence across the country.


Related Article

Add new comment



Twitter Update