Badakhshan provincial council members and residents have voiced their deep concerns over a recent increase in insecurity in Tagab district of the province.
They said that insurgents want to gain a foothold in the area in order to lead their terrorist activities from the district.
They warned that the district might fall to the Taliban if the government fails to take timely action.
“Tagab is the Taliban’s second propaganda center after Warduj in the province. The group is trying to extend insecurity to several districts of neighboring Takhar province from Tagab. Our concern is that if the government does not pay serious attention to Tagab district, routes from other provinces to Badakhshan will be blocked if the district falls,” said Sardar Sarwari, a member of Badakhshan provincial council.
Badakhshan police meanwhile said that they will launch a clearance operation in the province soon.
“We have simultaneously started military operations in different districts including Tagab, and security forces have the capability to protect Tagab district and soon this district and other volatile districts of Badakhshan will be cleared of [the Taliban],” said Ghulam Sakhi Ghafoori, Badakhshan police chief.
Badakhshan governor, Faisal Begzad, said that they have taken drastic security measures to restrict the militants activities.
“We call on the youth of Badakhshan, who unknowingly have climbed to mountains and are fighting against government, to join the government and restrain from implementing wrong policies of Pakistan in Afghanistan …. These youth should know that those foreigners, who are beside them and are encouraging them to fight, are the slaves of ISI (Pakistan’s spy agency) and their aim is not Jihad,” Begzad added.
Mounting insecurity has raised concerns among residents in Badakhshan as currently nine districts of the province are under threat from the Taliban. Fighting between security forces and the Taliban is underway in Warduj, Tagab, Raghistan and Yaftal districts of the province.