Herat, Kunduz Residents Take Arms Against Taliban


KABUL: Several people from Herat and Kunduz provinces have taken arms in support of the government and fighting against the Taliban.


These people say that they believe in peace but they will defend democratic values at any cost given, referring to potential confrontations.


A member of a public uprising in Herat, Nazir Ahmad, said, “The security forces are not alone. We are with them.”


Zikrullah, another member, similarly said, “We must serve the country. We are very tired. Our bridges are destroyed. Our schools are destroyed.”


So far, residents of ten provinces have taken arms against the Taliban; Takhar, Balkh, Badghis, Baghlan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Jawzjan, Samangan, Kapisa, and now Herat and Kunduz.

 A member of Parmilent, Azim Mohseni, voiced his concern saying, “The war is not the solution for the conflict in Afghanistan. There is a good opportunity for the Taliban to agree on peace.”


The Acting Minister of Interior, General Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal, said, “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.”


According to him, those who joined through public uprising will serve within the structure of local police of their respective provinces.
Rahmatullah Nabil, former head of the National Directorate of Security, believes, “The way this process has started indicates a sign of danger.”