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Mamozai wants massive offensive against rebels in Laghman

Mamozai wants massive offensive against rebels in Laghman

Aug 16, 2017 - 16:25

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Laghman Provincial Council (PC) head has called unemployment the main reason behind the insecurity, urging the government to launch a clearing offensive in the province.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Rafiqullah Mamozai said on Wednesday the militants had a strong presence in villages, making life miserable for the common people.

On the other hand, government officials claimed the security situation had markedly improved after the establishment of new check-posts and military bases in the eastern province.

Mamozai said the local elders had assured the government of cooperation in maintaining security. He asked the authorities to work for eliminating the main driver of the conflict -- unemployment.

“As long as unemployment persists, incidents of insecurity and violence will be happening. Youth are swelling the ranks of militants’ due to unemployment. There is no ideological motive behind the war,” he remarked.

Mamozai suggested the government launch a clearing operation in rural areas of Laghman to ensure durable peace and stability. He, however, acknowledged the security situation has lately improved.

Government official claimed an effective strategy had been devised for thwarting enemy attacks. Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi said after the creation of new military bases and check-posts, the security situation had improved.

“Large military bases had been established in different areas; in some places search operations are underway. A military offensive is being conducted in parts of the province. As a result, the situation has returned to normal,” Naeemi said.

Militants had recently launch attacks in Laghman and capture some areas, fuelling concerns among the people.


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