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Daesh, Taliban vanquished in Nangarhar, says Mangal

Daesh, Taliban vanquished in Nangarhar, says Mangal

Aug 19, 2017 - 16:24

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): All militant groups including Taliban and Daesh have been defeated in eastern Nangarhar province, Governor Gulab Mangal claimed on Saturday.

He was addressing an Independence Day function in Jalalabad, attended by government officials, diplomats from Pakistan, India and Iran, as well as thousands of residents.

Before the event, Mangal and other provincial officials visited the mausoleum of Ghazi Amanullah Khan. They also placed floral wreaths on his grave.

As Afghan Air Force planes air-dropped Independence Day messages, participants of the events held national flags. Some of them had the tri-colour painted on their faces.  

Mangal told the participants this year’s independence anniversary was being celebrated at a time when Taliban, Daesh and other insurgent outfits had been defeated in Nangarhar.

Daesh’s plans to make Nangarhar its headquarters had been thwarted with the cooperation of the Afghan people and sacrifices of the security forces, the governor added.

Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, commander of the 201st Selab Military Corps in the eastern zone, said all security forces based in the province were ready to defend their homeland.

He also asserted breaking the back of Daesh in the province, pledging no terrorist organisation would be allowed to create sanctuaries in Nangarhar.

But a Wolesi Jirga member from Nangarhar, Faridoon Momand, complained the province was being ruled by land-grabbers, strongmen and mafia groups.

The people should be freed from the clutches of the underworld before the Independence Day was commemorated. He also blamed the provincial government for failing to curb these elements.