Afghan Interior Minister General Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal has unveiled a three-step plan to push back the Taliban. As part of this, the country’s government is giving arms to local groups.
Al-Jazeera reported this information on Wednesday.
In an exclusive interview, Interior Minister General Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal told the media that government forces were focusing on security on major highways, major cities and borders after the Taliban seized nine provincial capitals in the past week.
Mirzakwal, who took charge of the country’s 130,000-strong police force five weeks ago, said the government was supporting local volunteer militias.
“We are working in three phases,” he said. The first is to stop the defeat of government forces, the second is to regroup our forces and create security zones around the cities. And the third is to start offensive activities. At the moment we are going to the second stage.
He also promised to bring back the soldiers who had resigned.
The Taliban have more than doubled their area of control in the past three months and began occupying the provincial capital last week. As of yesterday, the militant group had seized nine provincial capitals in Afghanistan.
“Unfortunately, after the withdrawal of US troops, clashes have broken out in at least 400 areas of the country,” he said. We have a shortage of aircraft. Helicopters are busy transporting the wounded and killed soldiers.
He said the central government was empowering local leaders to fight the Taliban by recruiting and arming people from various communities.
“People from these communities have pledged their full support to the president and the government,” Mirzakwal said. They will also fight the Taliban with government forces.
He added: “The international community is concerned about these militias. However, all their members will be added to the Afghan National Security Forces in phases.