Lawmakers and members of political parties said that the government’s policy toward public uprising forces has suddenly changed as it does not want to provide financial and military support to those who have taken up arms against the Taliban.
The public forces were formed in various provinces, mostly in the north, after the fall of territory to the Taliban. The public forces said the government should provide them with military equipment and financial support.
“The people of Afghanistan have fought for 40 years and have weapons, too. Now, they have picked up guns to protect their dignity and life. They have even purchased weapons,” said former mujahedeen commander Mohammad Ismail Khan.
“There is morale in the districts where there are a large number of public forces, but they lack military equipment,” said Fatima Kohistani, an MP from Ghor.
Two analysts said that the government has stopped support for public uprising forces even as the Taliban threat remains.
“The government called the loss of districts a tactical retreat, but these districts were handed over one after another to keep the public uprising forces at a level that cannot fight the Talibs,” said Rahmatullah Bezhanpoor, a university lecturer.
“The government has lost useful opportunities for peace and I think that it has not sent equipment and weapons to them,” an MP from Badakhshan Waqif Hakimi said.
However, the government has made statements about its support for the public uprising forces without giving details.
“The public uprising forces have been provided the required support. Don’t ask for information from me. Some issues are not appropriate to talk about,” said senior presidential adviser Waheed Omer at a press briefing on Monday.
“The National Security Council, Ministries of Defense and Interior, as well as the NDS, are working together to organize the forces, do the biometric registration and address all problems in this respect,” said the head of the government’s media and information center Dawa Khan Minapal.