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NDS terms Daesh a threat, says ANSF all set to forestall

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters are old Taliban militants with a new flag.

Deputy Director of the NDS, Hesamuddin Hesam, while briefing Wolesi Jirga on security situation in the country said that some Taliban militants have switched white flags for black.

He termed ISIS, also known as Daesh, as a serious threat to Afghanistan, as they are trying to attract and recruit Afghan youth. “Daesh fighters are trying to mount insecurity in Afghanistan’s north and find access to Central Asian region,” he said.

He added that some foreign elements who have fled North Waziristan into Afghanistan are trying to recruit Afghan youth. Pakistani forces have recently launched a large-scale military offensive against militants in North Waziristan. “We have devised a special mechanism for fight against ISIS and we have sent the mechanism to President Ashraf Ghani and are waiting for his order to implement it,” Hesam said.

He said that efforts are on to secure safe release of the 31 passengers in southern Zabul province.

Unidentified gunmen stopped two buses in Shahjoi district of southern Zabul province on gunpoint and kidnapped 31 passengers of the Hazara ethnicity around a month ago.

Hessam said that based on their information the passengers were alive and safe. “The kidnappers are constantly shifting the passengers in their captivity from one place to another,” he added.

The Minister of Interior, Nur-ul-Haq Ulumi, said that both political and military efforts were required to secure safe release of the kidnapped passengers.

To raise the capacity of Afghan security forces, he said that they will urge international allies of Afghanistan to give modern weapons to Afghan security forces.

He said that currently some 3,000 policemen with 98 police vehicles are currently assigned to ensure security of lawmakers. “The Ministry of Interior (MoI) is intended to collect the vehicle from the lawmakers,” Ulumi added.

In the meantime the acting Minister of Defense, Murad Ali Murad said that their rescue operations for release of the kidnapped Hazara passengers haven’t yielded positive result yet, as the kidnappers are constantly shifting the kidnapped people from one place to another.

He said that Afghan forces were pressurizing militants through military operations to come to the negotiation table as peace negotiations couldn’t be spurred only by plea.

He stressed that peace can only come through military operations.

The security officials were summoned by the Wolesi Jirga to brief lawmakers on security situation in the country.

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