Groups seek to destabilize Bamiyan: Commander

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A senior army official in the central province of Bamiyan spoke of efforts by some groups to destabilize the province. Mulla Mohammad Shireen, the commander of the 5th Brigade of the 203rd Mansouri Corps, did not provide names of these groups, but stressed that the security forces would not allow anyone to disrupt security.

“There are foreign gangs here and they are trying to disrupt security and cause various problems for us and you, they are just spending money … ” he said.

A convoy of the Islamic Emirate forces went to Bamiyan to ensure the security of the province. 1,500 troops, armed with light and heavy weapons, left Paktia for Bamiyan. But who are the threats to this province?

“There is talk of a second resistance, we ask all the people of Bamiyan to work with us so that the security of Bamiyan is not compromised,” said Allah Mohammad Bakhtyar, head of Planning and Operations of the Fifth Brigade of Mansouri Corps.

Meanwhile, a number of Bamiyan residents criticize what they see as the persecution of the people by the forces of the Islamic Emirate.

“Everyone who came here, created check points, nobody listened to the governor’s speeches, the people were harassed,” said the elder of the tribe.

“Whoever is in charge must not betray the pure goals of the martyrs,” said a religious scholar. Earlier, there has been reports of increased resistance activities in Panjshir, Kapisa and Parwan provinces.

Army officials in Bamiyan say that they will counter any activity of their opponents, and apparently one of the reasons for the deployment of this army brigade in Bamiyan is to contain possible threats in the coming spring.

Meanwhile, a member of the negotiating team of the Resistance Front (RF) says they proposed the establishment of a transitional government in Afghanistan in their two-day meeting with officials of the Islamic Emirate hosted by Tehran.

The Islamic Emirate delegates visited Iran on Saturday and returned to Kabul on Monday.

The RF member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday that the Islamic Emirate team in return suggested that the Resistance Front leaders should return to Afghanistan–and the meeting ended with no tangible results.

“Our proposal to them was clear and it was to form a transitional government. So, this government (transitional government) would work for the next government and the people would enjoy equal rights and freedom. In return, the Taliban’s proposal was surrender and the negotiations ended with no result,” the team member said.

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who was leading the Islamic Emirate delegation in Iran, said they had good discussions with the Resistance Front’s team.

“You can also come if you have any complaints. We will sit and talk about it,” he said.

Four officials from the Islamic Emirate and five members of the Resistance Front participated in the negotiating teams.

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting Economic Minister Din Mohammad Hanif, acting Industries and Commerce Minister Nooruddin Azizi, acting Deputy Minister for Borders and Tribal Affairs Haji Gul Mohammad were representing the Islamic Emirate in the negotiations.

Ismail Khan, a former Jihadi leader, Mawlawi Habibullah Hesam, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, a member of the Resistance Front, Hesamuddin Shams, the former governor of Badghis, and Abdul Zahir Faiz Zada, the former governor of Ghor were members of the Resistance Front’s negotiating team. Ismail Khan was leading this team.

“We support such meetings and any move that can help in the establishment of a broad-based government in Afghanistan,” Sayed Jawad Hussaini, a political analyst said.

In the meantime, former vice president Mohammad Younus Qanooni in an interview with BBC said politicians are working on forming a council.

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