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Regional spy agencies support terrorists in Afghanistan: Massoud

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The president’s special envoy for reforms and good governance, Ahmad Zia Massoud, on Friday said that regional spy agencies were supporting terrorist organizations in Afghanistan to safeguard their interests.

Addressing a gathering on the first death anniversary of Hakmatullah Haqmal, the former police chief of Grishk district in southern Helmand province, Ahmad Zia Massoud said that terrorists don’t recognize any religion and tribe. He said that the terrorists were out to implement nefarious designs of the regional spy agencies.

“In order to bring political stability and cultural development for the country, it is our national and religious duty to fight against terrorism” Pajhwok Afghan News quoted him as saying.

He said that it was duty of the National Unity Government (NUG) to fight terrorism and corruption to improve law and order situation in the country and address public grievances.

The president’s special envoy for reforms added that the government should bring reforms in the judiciary and punish corrupt officials to ensure speedy justice.

It is worth to mention that Haqmal was killed last year in a roadside bombing in Grishk district. Insecurity has increased in restive Helmand province. Last year in June, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has shut its healthcare centers in different areas of Helmand and Kunduz provinces due to insecurity.

Wahidullah Malyar, spokesman for the MoPH, said that the ministry was unable to provide healthcare services to people in Chahardara district and Tapah-e-Borida areas of Kunduz. “We have also shut our medical centers in Musa Qala, Sangin and Nawzad district of southern Helmand province,” he added.

Malyar said that they will not be able to provide healthcare services to people in the areas, unless security situation improves.

After a month later, the provincial education director in Helmand said that around 100,000 enrolled students have been unable to attend more than 100 schools due to rampant of insecurity in southern Helmand province. Abdul Matin Jafar said that 107 schools had been closed due to growing insecurity in the province. Total number of the government-run schools is 384 in Helmand.

Nearly 192,000 students, including 51,000 schoolgirls were receiving education in the province. The school students were being taught by 3,000 teachers, where 564 of them were females.

After the closure of schools, the teachers had been transferred to the operational schools in other areas of the province and receive their salaries properly, Jafar said.

Afghan analysts and officials repeatedly claimed that the militant organizations are supported by regional spy agencies.

In a monthly gathering of Rana Think Tank last year, Abdul Sattar Purdali, an analyst, said that regional spy agencies are trying to convert northern Afghanistan into safe sanctuary for terrorists to threaten Russia and Central Asian countries. “Regional and neighboring countries do not want to see Afghanistan peaceful and stable,” he said.

Purdali said that unemployment, exploitation of raw materials by other countries, intrusion of Pakistani security forces to occupy more Afghan lands along the Durand Line and foreign support to internal elements are the challenges faced by the NUG.

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