Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Media Release Service

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Pajhwok Mobile App

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.

Offensive launched in Balkh to flush out rebels

Offensive launched in Balkh to flush out rebels

Apr 17, 2012 - 19:09

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A major security operation -- codenamed Fourth Initiative -- was launched in northern Balkh province to flush out the Taliban from two districts, officials said on Tuesday.

The offensive that started four days ago in Chamtal and Charbulak districts involved Afghan National Army (ANA), police, intelligence, border police and public order police personnel.

Having air support from NATO-led troops, the operation came in response to a request from residents, police chief Brig. Gen. Ismatullah Alizai, told a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Although no clash has so far occurred during the offensive, some heavy and light guns had been seized, the police chief said.

But some residents accused police of searching civilian houses for narcotics. “We are happy that police are protecting our area against miscreants, but they should not search our houses,” said Syed Agha, a resident of Chamtal.

The police chief said police checked houses with prior permission from the officials concerned and that no house was searched without an intelligence report.

The 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander, Gen. Ghulam Farooq Ahmadi, said so far nearly 30 percent of areas of the two districts had been cleared during the operation.