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Elders warn of protest as insecurity plagues Nangarhar

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AT-JALALABAD: Shinwari tribal elders warned to stage protests, if the government failed to clear their respective areas of militants.

Religious scholars and tribal elders gathered in Nangarhar on Sunday to discuss security situation in eastern Afghanistan.

Malik Osman, a Shinwari tribal elder, said that they waited for the government to clear their areas from the Taliban militants and reopen schools and hospitals; however, the government is still to take any action. He warned that residents of Shinwari districts would stage massive protests, if the government continued to turn its blind eye towards their problems.

Maulvi Abdul Zahir Haqqani, a religious scholar, said that militant groups in Afghanistan with their brutalities were smearing the sacred name of Islam. He added that it was the duty of every Muslim to fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “Militants are enemies of Afghanistan and they are defaming Islam, thus, it is the duty of every Muslim to fight against the terrorist group,” he added.

The secretary of Nangarhar provincial council, Zabihullah Zmarai, alleged that the central government was not paying attention to the worsening security situation in eastern provinces. “We are all witness that insecurity has mounted in Shinwari districts recently,” he said, adding that the government has turned blind eye toward the problems faced by residents of eastern provinces.