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Takhar residents fret over illegal gunmen’s presence

Takhar residents fret over illegal gunmen’s presence

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27 Feb 2018 - 20:47
Takhar residents fret over illegal gunmen’s presence
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27 Feb 2018 - 20:47

TALOQAN (Pajhwok):  Some tribal influential, elders and youth in northeastern Takhar province grumble about what they say ubiquitous presence of irresponsible armed men, criticizing government’s inaction to control them.

Dozens of elders, tribal figures and youth from Durqad, Khwja Bahauddin, Yangi Qala, Dashti Qala, Chah-Ab and Rastaq districts who have been living across the Kockchi River, shared their complaints with media outlets.

They have claimed that the irresponsible gunmen were killing people and creating problems for public day and light.

They said the gunmen were involved in the killing of elders and youth besides capturing people’s lands. Due to their oppression, many families have migrated to other provinces.

A resident of Omarkhel locality of Yangi Qala district, Sahar Gul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the number of irresponsible gunmen was increasing with each passing day, resulting in increased insecurity in the district.

 “In the presence of such illegal gunmen, people’s lives, properties and honor are not safe”.

He said the strength of illegal gunmen had particularly increased in the Yangi Qala district, creating problems for ordinary people.

He further added elders and youth were being killed under different pretexts and such deaths were increasing every day. “That’s why we are here to share our voices with the government.”

Another tribal elder, Haji Abdul Baqi, said several civilians had been killed by illegal armed men in recent years. “The gunmen force poor people into doing whatever they want and leaving the people worried.”

He added: “My son was a police officer in Yangi Qala district. He was killed in a broad daylight by illegal gunmen who still openly moved in the area. “Now both the illegal gunmen and government are the same for me”.

Abdul Qodus, a resident of Dasti Qala district, expressed similar concern and said: “We cannot go out of our homes due insecurity, attacks, robberies, killings and kidnappings”.

A number of other residents held similar views and urged government officials particularly the president to rein in such elements.

Takhar governor Fazal Hadi Mujadidi confirmed the irresponsible gunmen had been creating problems for implementation of reforms in government offices.

 He said: “I have been waiting for the central government order to disarm these illegal gunmen”.

He further added there were two types of illegal armed men — former jahid commanders (who fight against Taliban militants) and groups using names of former commanders.

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