KABUL - Security incidents in eastern Kunar province are a result of inadequate coordination among security agencies, the governor said on Thursday. Syed Fazlullah Wahidi was addressing a gathering of tribal elders, former jihadi commanders and religious scholars from 14 districts of the province. The public meeting in Asadabad, the provincial capital, was attended by nearly 500 people who floated various proposals for improvement in the security situation.
Wahidi said the police force and army, which had been unable to maintain security in Kunar, were understaffing. Additionally, the governor pointed to a lack of coordination among the security organs.
He also assailed foreign troops for failing to provide timely support to Afghan forces during insurgent attacks. "The gap between the people and government is widening due to the deteriorating security situation."
The rebels attacked a police post in Asadabad during the holy month of Ramadan, killing and wounding seven policemen, but foreign troops did not show up to help them, he alleged.
About 25 kidnapped Pakistani children, he said President Hamid Karzai had urged tribal elders and influential people in Kunar to make efforts for securing their release. If the children were held in Kunar, he said, their release would be ensured.
A tribal elder from Shegal district, Ali Rahman, said the elders backed the government in daytime, but sided with rebels at night. "Some elders make tall claims at such gatherings, but do not act accordingly. We have to protect the system we have put in place."
A resident of Chapa Dara district, Maulvi Obaidullah, stressed that war was no solution to Afghanistan's problems. He said peace could return only when Allah's commands were enforced and criminals punished in accordance with the Shariah.
Presidential advisor on tribal affairs, Shujaul Mulk Jalala, said government alone was unable to restore peace. He asked tribal elders to support efforts at improving the overall security environment.