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Lawmakers concerned over formation of militia in north

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A number of lawmakers and defense analysts expressed concerns over formation of a local militia in Afghanistan’s north.

They said that the move might result in civil wars, as it may give former warlords a chance to take up arms.

This comes at time that reports recently surfaced that Afghan security officials are mulling to form a militia in the country’s north.

According to reports, the Governor of Kunduz province, Omar Safi, has said that 1,000 strong local policemen will be deployed to the province to curb the Taliban and foreign militants. Safi added that they have sought local elders’ cooperation to introduce individuals from their areas to join the force.

A number of military experts and members of the Wolesi Jirga expressed concerns that formation of the militia might backfire.

Jawed Kohistani, a military expert, said that the government should practice more caution in formation of the force.

Fawzia Kofi, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, said that formation of militia may increase rivalries among former warlords and would altimetry led to civil wars.

It is worth mentioning that tribal elders from across Badakhshan province in a gathering recently decided to conduct a public uprising against militants in the province.

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