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Growing insecurity: Residents demand weapons

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The government should provide us with weapons when it failed to ensure our safety, residents of northern Sar-i-Pul province said on Wednesday. They accused the provincial authorities of negligence.

A local elder, Sayed Habib Rastgar, told journalists that concerned official had been failed to protect lives and properties of the locals. He suggested that government should provide weapons to residents for safety if it could not ensure security.

The provincial administration’s performance in dealing with the prevalent law and order situation has been poor, the residents said after meeting the acting governor of the province.

The murder of nine people including the ex-provincial council member Hussein Nazari has sparked concerns as the murderers are still at large, Rastgar said. He added that the provincial authorities were making empty promises with no fruitful results.

Another resident said that officials in Kabul can’t feel the suffering of people living in the far-flung provinces. Security should be restored in the city, Ahmad Agha asked officials. Locals said the Taliban extorting money from the resident of Sar-i-Pul city and Sayyad district under the very nose of the local officials. About 90 percent of Sar-i-Pul province is insecure, the residents claimed.

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