By: Suraya Raiszada
Following surge in Taliban attacks and increasing violence by the group in most parts of Afghanistan, government has prepared a 6-month security plan for the security of the country, region and world. The plan was declared and introduced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) last week to 35 foreign embassies, representatives and international organizations to Kabul.
According to officials for ministry of foreign affairs, Kabul security plan will be significant for both Afghanistan government and the regional and world countries.
“This security plan will save the region and world from increasing threats as foreign terrorists linking with Taliban are currently trying to create safe havens in the country,” said Mohammad Haneef Atmar, minister of foreign affairs.
Afghanistan government officials are asking the international community to exert necessary pressures on the Taliban group to accept ceasefire and negotiations to end the ongoing war in the country. The government has prepared a six-month security plan to address security challenges in the country.
According to Ministry of Interior, the six-month security plan is a complete plan the implementation of which will address all security challenges and insecurities. The plan will focus on strengthening intelligence and security organs, creating close coordination between defense and security organs and identifying security challenges and will definitely put direct impacts on improvement of security situation in Afghanistan.
Afghan military experts believe that the security plan will be productive only when it has implementing perspectives and helps security organs to prevent from any threats if posed by terrorist groups in the country’s border areas.
“If we do not bring reforms in the country’s armed forces and not change the people’s thoughts in connection with the enemy, such security plans won’t address security challenges as people’s support is very important in maintaining of security in the country,” said Atiqullah Amarkhil, an Afghan military expert.
He added that besides suggesting a six-month security plan, the government should ask the international community particularly the US and NATO to exert further pressures on countries supporting the Taliban.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his recent assertions in connection with increasing insecurities and surge in Taliban attacks and violence said all preparations have been taken to repulse the enemy’s attacks and address increasing insecurities in the country within six months. “Afghan National Army will focus on cities and districts, while Afghan National Police will provide security in cities and districts. Besides, National Directorate of Security and National Security Council will coordinate and run people’s mobilizations in the country,” President Ghani said. According to the country’s defense and military experts, the country’s defense and security organs have the responsibility to timely send necessary supplies and military equipment to ANDSF in remote parts of the country to counter terrorism and effectively fight the enemies. This comes amid increasing insecurities and surge in Taliban attacks and violence by the Taliban group in key provinces of the country as Herat, Helmand, Kandahar, Ghazni, Jawzjan, Kunduz and Takhar. The country’s defense and security forces have repulsed all attacks of the Taliban fighters on the provincial cities of the respective provinces in recent days. There’s hope that with implementation of the six-month security plan, security situation will get improved within the coming six months.