Security officials in Paktia have said that the lack of sufficient forces last week led to the collapse of strategic Janikhail district in the province and have called on the central government, particularly the Ministry of Interior (MoI), to address the shortcomings of police in the volatile region.
Police officials in Paktia have warned that if more forces were not dispatched to the area, there is possibility that the Janikhail would once again fall to the Taliban insurgents.
“Last year Janikhail district collapsed during the same month and we recaptured the district after paying heavy price for it, we need to expand our deployment and build more strong bases and trenches.” Said Assadullah Sherzad, the commander of 303 Spinzar Police Unit.
Security personnel battling the Taliban in the area have said that there is a need for more military equipment and ammunition to be provided to the security forces in Janikhail to fight the militants effectively.
“The security structure of Janikhail does not meet the needs. It is difficult to save the district with the current structure. I expect high level officials to ensure that the security structure for Janikhail is expanded. There is a need for the presence of army and border police in the province to help the police forces in their job.” Said Paktia police chief Toryalai Abdiyani.
“The Taliban flag is visible 150 away from this area, all those areas are under Taliban control.” Sayed Khiyal Mohammad, a member of Afghan border police.
Janikhail district fell to the Taliban twice within a year.
The Afghan security forces recaptured the strategic town from the Taliban militants following a massive military operation.