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Uruzgan: 773 police, 1262 Taliban suffer casualties last year

Uruzgan: 773 police, 1262 Taliban suffer casualties last year

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May 30, 2019 - 16:09

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Government officials in central Uruzgan province say a minor mistake in recruitment and deployment processes of security forces could lead to the collapse of a number of districts and the conflict might get out of control.

The Uruzgan security officials are expressing these views at a time when 773 police personnel suffered casualties in the ongoing conflict last solar yearinfo-icon.

Two Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate members from Uruzgan visited the province to assess the security situation here. One of the two lawmakers, Hanif Hanifi, while meeting local security officials, said that the ongoing security situation in Uruzgan was of great concern.

He said if proper attention was not paid to the security situation in Uruzgan, the province could once again confront the threat of collapsing into the hands of insurgents.

“Some security officials are appointed against money and there are hundreds of ghost police in Uruzgan, an issue that paves the ground for insecurity,” the senator said.

Meanwhile, local security officials acknowledge a number of problems relating to security in the province and say they have initiated efforts to resolve them.

Provincial police chief Col. Khitab Khanjari said they acknowledged there was corruption in police ranks besides weak administration and several other problems, but they had started work to resolve these problems.

Khanjari said police continued to offer sacrifices on a daily basis in clashes with Talibaninfo-icon and other terrorist groups and the last solar  yearinfo-icon saw 773 police suffering casualties.

However, he did not say how many police lost their lives and how many got injured.

The police chief said the closure of roads between districts and the provincial capital and delays in arrival of air force to dispatch logistics had faced security forces in remote areas with starvation and had forced them to join the Taliban.

Khanjari said despite the fact the Taliban fighters were laced with advanced weapons, night vision goggles and laser guns, police were able to inflict casualties on 1262 rebels last year.

Afghan National Army’s fourth battalion commander in Uruzgan Brig. Abdul Wali Haqmal admitted there were security problems in Charchino and Khas Uruzgan districts, but said the troops had been able to retake areas from the Taliban.

He said in districts where the Taliban had closed roads security forces were sent cash money to buy food and other necessary items for themselves.

Uruzgan governor Mohammad Shafiq Asadullah Saeed, however, blamed insecurity in the province on lack of coordination between the provincial administration and security organs.

He said President Ashraf Ghani was also aware of the lack of coordination between provincial governors and security forces, but the problem remained.

He warned if recruitment and deployment of security forces in districts was not carried out in coordination with the provincial administration and common people, a minor mistake in this regard could lead to the collapse of a number of districts.

Uruzgan is one of the insecure provinces of Afghanistaninfo-icon, where the Taliban have been in control of many areas.

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