Positive changes in Helmand situation soon, says Afghan president Ashraf Ghani

ولسمشر په هلمندLASHKARGAH: President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said positive changes in the security situation of southern Helmand province would start appearing soon.

The president, who arrived here with a high level delegation, said problems being faced by the Afghan forces in Helmand would be addressed.

The president arrived in Helmand in the morning to assess the security situation before returning to Kabul in the afternoon.

The president delivered a speech to Helmand officials and security forces in the 215 Maiwand Military Corps headquarters.

Ghani said the Afghan forces made history by defeating the Taliban in Marjah, Nad Ali, Greshk and Nawa districts of Helmand in recent months.

The security situation would improve in near future following the implementation of an organized plan, the president announced, adding the problems shared with him by soldiers and security officials would be addressed within one month.

“Discrimination in security foundations is never acceptable, the enemy misjudged you and were severely defeated.”

Ghani said a plan about displaced families was ready and would be implemented two months later. He did not meet local residents during his visit.

“I did not meet the Helmand people because I had a plan to visit all military bases first, I would meet the people as well,” the president said.

He said if the New Kabul Bank failed to deliver salaries to soldiers on time then an alternate arrangement would be made.

Helmand governor Hayatullah Hayat said good coordination existed among Afghan security forces in the province and local people also supported them.

“Helmand holds key the stability of Afghanistan, we want more attention towards improving security of Helmand,” Hayat told the president. He said Helmand borders needed strict control and a decisive action against drug smugglers.

Hayat said people suffered huge losses due to the prolonged conflict in the province and were in need of assistance.

Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of the 215 Maiwand Military Corps, said Afghan forces were in high morale despite continuously fighting against militants for months.

He sought the president’s attention to the supply of weapons, vehicles and other equipment to police forces.

Helmand is one of the most unstable provinces of the country where six districts are completely under Taliban’s control. -Pajhwok

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