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Farah on brink of falling to Taliban, warn MPs

Farah on brink of falling to Taliban, warn MPs

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Jul 31, 2019 - 18:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members from western Farah province on Wednesday warned the province was on the brink of collapse to militants, thanks negligence of the officials concerned.

Abdul Sattar Hussaini, a lawmaker from Farah, told today’s session of the lower house that around 20 Afghan soldiers were killed in battles on a daily basis in the province.

He said clashes between Afghan forces and Talibaninfo-icon insurgents had reached on the outskirts of Farah city, the provincial capital, and local officials were unable to manage the situation.

Rampant corruption, the province’s open borders with Iran, the presence of drugs, weapons and migrant smugglers in Farah were factors that contributed to the worsening security situation, he said.

He criticized security officials and said, “Farah residents have shared their concerns repeatedly with officials, but they ignored the people and even refused to give a response.”

Belqis Roshan, another MP from Farah, endorsed Hussaini’s account and said, “Farah is very close to falling to the militants. Do not show sympathy with Farah people once the provinces falls.”

She said the government was busy with election campaigns and it did not pay attention to the situation of Afghan forces and the people.

Mir Rahman Rahmani, Wolesi Jirga speaker, supported Farah lawmakers’ complaints and asked security commission of the lower house to share the concerns with relevant officials for solution.

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