Governor awarded ‘certificate of shame’ as Daikundi gets insecure
Three districts of Daikundi province
have come under consecutive attacks by the Taliban in the last two months. The
attacks by the Taliban have forced dozens of families to flee the area, leaving
their live stocks and properties behind.
In the attacks, approximately
120 people have been killed and wounded—mostly Afghan security forces,
according to Haji Ghairat Jawahiri, a member of Daikudi PC.
Protesting against recent
insecurities and government’s failure to end Taliban’s attacks, a number of
civil society activists along with members of Daikundi provincial council held
a rally on Saturday, August 03 in Nili, the capital of the province. The
protesters underlined that ignoring the threats posed by the Taliban, local
officials— in particular governor of the province, Sayed Anwar Rahmati— were
busy campaigning for 2019 presidential election.
In an ironic move, the protesters awarded a “certificate of shame” to the governor of the province. They called on the central government to transfer the police chief of the province and deputy police chief of Pato district. The protesters urged the government to equip the security forces and deploy reinforcement forces in the area.
Rahmati, however, described the
protest as a unilateral move, saying that in regard to insecurity in the
province, he had taken the high ranking security and defense officials on
board. “Our civil society institutions are occasionally used by the
politicians,” the governor accused the protesters.
“Our forces have the best
defensive facilities in Pato district,” he noted, adding that Taliban’s
casualty toll was twofold of what had inflected on the Afghan security forces
in latest attack on the district.
Esmatullah Ahmadi, 35, is one
of the dozens of people who were forced to flee their homes and leave their live
stocks behind as the result of attack by the Taliban. He said that almost 1800
displaced families were temporarily settled down in Nili and other neighboring
Ahmadi added that at least 70
security forces were killed and wounded, and more than 10 civilians lost their lives
since the beginning of Taliban’s offensives in the district.
“The people are in very critical
situation. All connecting roads of Kijran district are blocked,” he stated,
warning that the district would definitely fall to the Taliban if the government
did not take immediate action.
In Pato, a district bordering
the southern Uruzgan province, the Taliban killed as many as 10 security forces
and wounded 15 others in the last two days.
Meramoor, another district of
Daikundi bordering Ghazni province, is the third district which has recently
come under sporadic attacks by the Taliban.
Rohullah Ahmadzai, spokesperson
for the Ministry of Defense, said that the Afghan defense and security forces were
stationed in their bases in the districts.
Jawahiri, however, warned that
Kijran and Pato districts were still vulnerable and the Taliban could again wage
attacks on the districts. He accused the central government of not doing enough
to suppress the Taliban. “The [aircrafts] just patrol, they have not targeted
the stronghold of the enemies.”
He believes that the Taliban
group launched attacks on Daikundi to gain leverage in peace talks currently
undergoing in Doha, Qatar.Holding a protest rally on Saturday in Kabul, a
number of civil society activists along with MPs from Daikundi called on the
government to take immediate action against Taliban’s attacks on Kijran, Pato,
and Meramoor districts. They urged the security officials to conduct ground and
aerial operations, clear the districts from the presence of the Taliban, and
establish a permanent military
unit in the province.