Provincial Council Elections

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok):  A security meeting on Tuesday observed that northern Jawzjan province was struggling with shortage of military gear and personnel.
The meeting between a delegation of the Interior Ministry and local officials took place in Shiberghan, the provincial capital.
Lotfullah Azizi, Jawzjan governor, after briefing the delegation about the law and order situation in his province, suggested that it was necessary to establish another military corps in the presence of the 209th Shaheen Military Corps in the north.

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Some members of the provincial council accuse the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of allowing a company to illegally extract chromites in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province.
Chromite is an iron chromium oxide. It is an oxide mineral belong to spinal group. The two main products of chromite refining are ferrochromium and metallic chromium; for those products the ore smelter process differs considerably. The chromite could be used for making steal, bullets, bullet-proof vehicles and vest coats.

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Taliban torched a marketplace and two private banks in Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, and recaptured some areas, residents and provincial council members said on Tuesday, but security officials flatly rejected the claims.
Amruddin Wali, deputy provincial council chief, said during Tuesday’s clashes Aziz Bank trade market, and Bakhtar and Ghazanfar bank branches were torched.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News people had been complaining about homelessness, hunger and other problems, but there was nobody to listen.

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Tuesday alleged the Taliban helped some Pakistani generals in coffins and burqas (veils) to flee Kunduz City after it was reclaimed by the security forces.
Police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News security and intelligence organs had found that the militants, after being surrounded, whisked away some Pakistani generals in coffins.

KUDNUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces cleared the Bala Hisar fortress and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in Kunduz City of Taliban, officials said on Sunday.
Afghan commandos, who recaptured the two important locations during an operation launched at 2am, were advancing in accordance with their plan, the spokesman for the 1st Brigade of Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos in the northern zone, Javed Salimi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Government employees involved in corruption would be brought to justice, the governor of eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.
He was addressing a consultative gathering participated by district chiefs, members of provincial councils and peace council, district development and social councils.
Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai said people betraying the government and the nation and facilitating the disruption of situation would be dealt with sternly.

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The chief of army staff on Sunday announced raising a1000-strong local force and deploying two commando units in the northeastern province of Badakhshan.
During his visit to Badakhshan, Lt. Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem said they would control and clear all insecure areas of the province. Warduj district would be retaken soon, he promised.
Baharak and Warduj districts were captured by Taliban insurgents. But two days ago, the Afghan security personal wrested back control of Baharak district, with Warduj still held by the rebels.


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