News - Afghanistan
The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) will "monitor" the village uprisings against Taliban control to prevent any enemy infiltration of the public's aims.
Speaking to TOLOnews, NDS deputy spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri rejected any suggestion that militants of Hezb-i-Islami were behind the revolts, saying that people were probably fighting against them as well.
However, the NDS will keep an eye on the uprisings to ensure the power struggle does not result in another non-government group taking control of an area.
"We believe that people are tired of these militant groups. The people are clever enough and will not allow the terrorist groups to infiltrate among them and take illegal advantages. Undoubtedly, Hezb-i-Islami is one of the main targets of these uprisings because they have also bothered people along with Taliban," Tahiri said.
"We will try hard to monitor it closely and not allow our enemies to misguide the uprisings. We will not allow, in any case, for the enemies to turn this uprising to their benefit."
Yesterday, Afghan senators voiced their concerns that the Hezb-i-Islami militants were turning the uprisings in some districts to their own advantage.
The senators called for more to be done to prevent such a situation from happening.
An uprising of students against the Taliban control was first reported in Ghazni province in late June, but similar protests have since spread to districts of Nangarhar, Faryab, Laghman, and Badghis provinces.
Meanwhile, former NDS chief Amrullah Saleh, welcomed the uprising but called for the inclusion of the public "forces" aims with the official Afghan forces to prevent chaos in the future.
"As the government is busy with its own issues and never cares for the good of the people over the expansion of its governance, the local uprising could be a positive step and should be welcomed," Saleh told TOLOnews.
"However, we cannot accept a fourth militant group. Anyone fighting the Taliban should be supported by the Afghan security forces but leaving them as an armed fighting group would create chaos in the future. They should be incorporated with the official Afghan security forces," he added.
Afghan lawmakers added to Sunday's debate on the matter, saying on Monday that it is impossible for the local residents to continue a protest against Taliban without being supported and supplied with the necessary facilities.
"As I saw on TV, their bases are located near Afghan National Army bases. Where and how did they find these facilities?" Herat MP, Munawar Shah Bahaduri said, adding that there were supplies of motorcycles, weapons and walkie-talkies.
Government, civil society and the human rights' commission have so far welcomed the news of local residents' fighting the Taliban.