Afghan security transition goes on smoothly

08:28, July 25, 2011      

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Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak (Front) inspects Afghan security forces at the handing over ceremony in Mazar-e-Sharif, north Afghanistan, July 23, 2011. Afghan security forces formally took over the security responsibility in Mazar-e-Sharif from NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on Saturday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

By Abdul Haleem

The much awaited security transition process from NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Afghan government has been going on smoothly as so far no untoward incident has been registered.

Began from peaceful Bamyan province, 130 km west of Afghan capital Kabul, last weekend, Afghan forces have assumed the security charge of six cities and provinces up-to-date amid Taliban-led increasing militancy in parts of the country.

Afghan forces in the latest leg of taking over security charge took over the security of Panjshir province on Sunday in a ceremony attended by Afghan and NATO-led forces officials.

After changing the command and hoisting the three-color Afghan national flag, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the head of Afghan Transition Commission, in his speech described the transition process as a milestone towards self-reliance.

Ahmadzai also disclosed that international community would contribute 20 billion U.S. dollars over the next three years for capacity building and equipping of Afghan national security forces.

Since the beginning of handing over security charge from NATO- led troops to Afghan government last Sunday, Afghan forces have assumed the security charge of Bamyan, Mehterlam, Lashkar Gah, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and Panjshir. The security of Kabul province would be handed over in future, according to officials.

The first phase of transferring security responsibility from NATO-led troops to Afghan forces covers three provinces including Kabul minus Sarobi district, Bamyan and Panjshir, and four cities which includes Laghman's provincial capital Mehterlam, Helmand provincial capital Lashkar Gah, Herat provincial capital Herat and Balkh provincial capital Mazar-e-Sharif.

Although Taliban militants have conducted series of attacks over the past couple of weeks in parts of the country, they have failed to disrupt the transition process.

In the latest waves of militancy, a roadside bomb went off in Samkani district, eastern Paktia province on Sunday, leaving one police dead and wounding four others.

A similar attack against deputy provincial governor in northern Kunduz province on Friday injured three policemen, but Deputy Governor Hamdullah Danishi escaped unhurt.

However, 104 anti-government militants, according to officials, had been killed from Thursday through Saturday across the conflict- ridden country.

The security transition to Afghan government and withdrawal of over 140,000-strong NATO-led troops begun this month and would be completed by the end of 2014.

"In spite of militants' attempts to disrupt, the security transition process begun successfully and would be concluded victoriously," head of security transition commission Ahmadzai said with confidence.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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