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Senators urge ‘honest fight’ against terror, drugs

Senators urge ‘honest fight’ against terror, drugs

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Apr 30, 2017 - 16:18

KABULinfo-icon/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate members on Sunday said the war in Afghanistaninfo-icon would continue until terrorism and drugs remained.

Senator Sher Mohammad Akhunzada from southern Helmand province told today’s session that the conflict in his province could not be controlled with 300 US Marines who took command a day earlier.

He recalled tens of thousands of foreign forces in Helmand between 2007 and 2008 had been unable maintain security there.

“The war in Helmand is about drugs and natural resources. Poppy is cultivated on large swaths of land in Helmand today compared to 2005, the problem will not resolve until the fight on terrorism and drugs is fought with honesty,” he said.

Senate’s second deputy chairman Mohammad Asif Seddiqi said the international community’s fight against drugs and terrorism was doubtful. “The security situation in Afghanistan would not improve until the twin menace – drugs and terrorism --- are eliminated.”
About the return of US marines to Helmand, the upper house member said: “When thousands of foreign soldiers had failed to control security and drug cultivation, how can 300 soldiers do it?”

He also urged honest fight against terrorism and said accusing foreign forces of being dishonest in dealing with the Afghanistan’s challenges. “They tell the thief to loot and advise the home owner to be careful, unfortunately they have not been honest in the fight against terrorism and drugs.”

Meanwhile, Omar Zwak, the spokesman for Helmand governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the deployment of foreign forces in Helmand would help the Afghan forces turn tide on the Talibaninfo-icon.

“The Afghan forces needed foreign forces’ support in the past as well, when they provided air support to the Afghan forces, but the security situation in Helmand has worsened so they would cooperate with the Afghan ground forces,” he added.

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