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Police chief accuse MPs, govt officials of supporting Taliban

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Struggling against the insurgent groups to maintain law and order, Baghlan province police has been infuriated by lawmakers and government officials. The provincial police chief on Monday alleged the MPs and public officials of supporting the Taliban.

General Aminullah Amarkhel, in an interview with Radio Azadi said that intervention from some government officials including parliamentarians restrain security forces from subduing militants in the province.

He rejected the rumors that Taliban has seized control of Baghlan Markazi and Borka districts of the province. “We are aware of militants’ activities, but reject that the two districts have fallen into Taliban’s hand,” Amarkhel added.

He said that insurgents were active in four or five districts of the province. He added that a number of lawmakers, members of provincial councils and government officials support militants in the province. “Whenever we take action and arrest militants, a number of MPs and officials label them as civilians. They pressure security forces to release them,” he said.

A number of lawmakers also confirmed that government officials’ support for militants.

Chaman Shah Etemadi, an MP from Ghazni province said that lack of coordination among security agencies and government officials’ interventions in military operations hinder security forces from suppressing militancy.

Wolesi Jirga’s Deputy Secretary Irfanullah Irfan said if security officials have proofs and documents regarding intervention of lawmakers in military operations against militants, they should share it with the parliament.

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