Like eight other provinces across Afghanistan, this time, a large group of residents of Herat in the west and Kunduz in the north took up arms to support the Afghan defense and security forces in the fight against the Taliban.
Those who rallied in support of Afghan forces have said that they believe in peace, but will defend the democratic values at any cost.
So far, hundreds of people have taken up arms against the Taliban in Takhar, Balkh, Badghis, Baghlan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Jawzjan, Samangan and Kapisa provinces.
“The security forces are not alone. We are with them,” said Nazir Ahmad, a member of public uprising forces in Herat.
“We must serve the country. We are very tired. Our bridges are destroyed. Our schools are destroyed,” said Zikrullah, a member of public uprising forces in Herat.
Also in Kunduz province, a large number of people took up arms to support the Afghan forces in the fight against the militants.
“If you are fleeing Kunduz today, I want to tell you that a man dies one time, but a weak person dies each day,” said Rabbani Rabbani, member of Kunduz provincial council, referring to reports that some local officials had fled Kunduz following increased attacks by the Taliban.
People in northern Baghlan province have also taken up arms to fight the Taliban.
“The war is not the solution for conflict in Afghanistan. There is a good opportunity for the Taliban to agree on peace,” said MP Azim Mohseni.
Afghan security officials said that the government will never support the existence of militia forces, however all those who have taken up arms will be operating within the structure of Afghan forces.
The acting minister of interior Gen. Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said that the government will add another 30,000 personnel to the ranks of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and those who have taken up arms to fight will operate within the structure of the local police.
“We do not support building militia and will not allow it to happen. 30,000 people have been approved to serve in our military structure,” Mirzakwal said.
“The way this process has stared indicates a sign of danger,” said Rahmatullah Nabil, former head of the National Directorate of Security.
Referring to the recent waves of public uprising campaigns in several regions of Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said that these moves are part of the government's attempts.