Residents say the situation in Helmand is critical and it has been the same for the past 16 years.
Residents Ask Govt To Clear Helmand Of Taliban
Residents and civil society activists from Helmand say government has failed to drive Taliban militants from the province.
They called on government to clear the regions occupied by the Taliban.
Figures show that parts of Helmand have been in the hands of Taliban for more than a decade.
The Baghran and Disho districts in Helmand have been under the control of Taliban for the past 14 years, Nawzad, Musa Qala, Khanshin more than three years, and only the centers of Sangin, Kajaki, Garmser, Washir and Marjah districts are under government’s control.
“Parts of Nawa, Greshk and Marjah districts are controlled by anti-government armed militants. Even in the (Lashkargah) city, the presence of militants is evident. People are still under threat,” said Attaullah Afghan, head of Helmand Provincial Council.
A Helmand resident said some parts of the Lashkargah City are still under threat by the Taliban and that the group continues to threaten the outskirts of the city.
“The situation in Helmand is critical. It has been for the past 16 years. Helmand residents have sacrificed a lot. They were deprived of education, particularly in the northern parts of the province. They suffered economic losses and they lost their agricultural lands,” said Abdulhaq Zwakman, a civil society activist.
“The remote districts in Helmand have been under control of Taliban for the past 16 or 17 years. Nawzad, Musa Qala and Washir district were under control of the government for a very short time. The northern districts in the province are deprived of education and they have zero access to healthcare services,” said Abdul Wali Patiyal, a civil society activist in the province.
According to Helmand police, districts of the province under government’s control are also faced with serious threats.
“There are threats in all districts (in Helmand), but to suppress the threats, we the require plans,” Helmand Police Chief Gen. Abdul Gafar Safi told TOLOnews. “We will conduct separate operations in every district. Our only goal is to remove threats to Helmand.”