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Civil society activists blame govt for deteriorated Nangarhar security

Civil society activists blame govt for deteriorated Nangarhar security

Jul 16, 2017 - 17:02

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Youths Civil Movement (AYCM) demanded removal and trial of government officials following recent surge in insecurity and targeted killings in eastern Nangarhar province.

Targeted killing, terror and explosions have recently increased in Jalalabad, the provincial capital and other parts of Nangarhar province.

Addressing a press conference in the capital Kabul, the AYCM expressed their deep concern over growing insecurity and targeted killing in Nangarhar.

Ghorzang Sial, head of the AYCM criticized the local government for failing to control security incidents, particularly targeted killings in Nangarhar.

He asked the central government to sack those officials who neglected in their duties and take them to justice.

“Seven people including civil society activists, poets and businessmen have been killed by unidentified armed men in the past one week in Jalalabad city and some districts of Nangarhar, but the perpetrators managed to escape,” he said.

Sial said that economic mafia, monopoly of power, local powerful individuals, illegal armed men and weakness of security organs were the reasons of deteriorating insecurity in Nangarhar.

He accused local powerful individuals and some figures in central government of monopolizing Nangarhar administration and creating problems for business.

“Presence of illegal armed men in Nangarhar shows that local and Kabul officials have connections with them,” he said.

He said 17 districts of the province were currently faced with high security threat. Sial also criticized the claims of Ministry of Defense (MoD) that said it defeated Daesh militants in Nangarhar.

Daesh militants have reached to gates of Jalalabad and they are more active in five districts of the province compare to the past, he said.

Abdul Sattar Hayat, head of the Pashayee Unity Council and a member of Nangarhar Social Council, said international forces and the local government was supporting Daesh fighters.

He voiced on the government to let people of the eastern region to improve their security themselves if it could not serve people.

 AYCM presented a resolution letter in which the government was asked to pay attention for Nangarhar security and remove and sentence security officials.

Governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the local government had put strict measures for improving Jalalabad and districts security situation.

He said that pillion motorcycle riding and vehicles with tinted glasses were banned and a campaign was also underway against irresponsible gunmen.

About recent security incidents in Nangarhar, he said the incidents were not very serious as some of them happened due to domestic violence and personal enmity.

He said that some civil society activists were directed by others to express security situation worse.