Hundreds of People Took Weapons to Stand Against Taliban


KABUL: Hundreds of tribal elders and local people have taken up arms in Parwan, Kapisa, Baghlan, Kunduz, Takhar and Balkh provinces to fight alongside security forces on the frontlines against the Taliban.


Noor Habib Gulbahari, a former mujahedeen commander in Parwan province told Tolo News that there was need for 10,000 local forces to defend Parwan and other neighboring provinces. 


In Kapisa, a central province that neighbors Parwan and is north of Kabul, a group of former mujahedeen commanders mobilized residents to arm themselves and defend their areas. 


“The people are ready to go to the frontlines and fight international terrorism,” said Mohammad Husain Sanjani, the head of the Kapisa provincial council. 


In Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan, a large number of locals have mobilized to fight the Taliban. 
“Our personnel are on the frontlines.


The personnel that you see here are the reserve forces,” said a public uprising forces commander in Baghlan. 


A day earlier, President Ghani’s Senior Advisor, Waheed Omer, condemned the Taliban’s recent “subversive” activities, saying, “Talib is the one who kills journalists, religious scholars. Talib is the one who goes everywhere and destroys bridges, schools, and clinics.”


In a gathering to introduce Brigadier General, Spokesperson for Afghan Security and Defense Forces, Ajmal Omar Shinwari shared similar concerns saying the hope for peace in Afghanistan has vanished due to the Taliban’s recent attacks.


On the other hand, a member of the leadership council of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) said, “The mobilization of the people by politicians under the pretext of supporting security forces—with the use of public uprising forces—fuels more violence and would also affect Afghanistan’s stance in foreign policy.”