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10 Nangarhar districts under direct security threats: Minister

10 Nangarhar districts under direct security threats: Minister

Oct 29, 2017 - 20:31

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga’s commission on internal security on Sunday warned security officials over the deteriorated security situation in eastern Nangarhar province.

Interior Minister Wais Barmak, Nangarhar police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi and other key security officials were summoned to appear before the Internal Security Commission.

Barmak told the commission more than 5,000 insurgents were active in Nangarhar and 10 districts bordering Pakistan faced huge security threats.

He termed the security situation in Khogyani as concerning and called for joint efforts at preventing militants from advancing. He said a strategy was being formulated to eliminate Khogyani-based militants.

The acting interior minister informed the commission about reforms in the ministry and said: “There are shocking reports about some police officers and personnel from other institutes’ involvement in crimes and corruption.”

Barmak said the situation in Nangarhar had improved now compared what it had been six months back and check-posts captured by insurgents had been wrested back.

Saima Khogyani, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, said the security situation in Khogyani, Achin and Debala districts was bad and currently around 10 districts were under direct security threat and in some the Taliban had established their rule.

Referring to the shortage of police and army personnel, she said police and army served many individuals as their personal guards.

Lawmaker Hazrat Ali said the response of security officials to Nangarhar’s security was not acceptable.

He said after Abdul Rahman Rahimi’s appointment as Nangarhar police chief, the security situation had deteriorated.