Militiamen pursuing own or government interests?!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:57 Written by  Heart of asia Read 343 times

Armed groups operating outside the government structure have long been a major challenge for Afghan governments. They not only challenge the rule of the government, but also mostly create problems for the lives of ordinary Afghans. In addition to anti-government elements, militias and irresponsible gunmen have been a headache for governments since the last years of the leftist regimes. These groups not only have broken laws, but have a notorious history of human rights violations. The activities of these armed men from gilimjams (literally means carpet thieves or plunderers used for Uzbek militiamen during the civil war) to arbakis (tribal militias) have led to the downfall of governments in lieu of strengthening them.

With the recent unprecedented escalation of fighting across the country, the rise in the number of such groups has again provoked concerns in the country. In a related development, weapons have recently been distributed to the so-called anti-militant uprising groups in the north of the country. These people have also been supported from within the government pretending that they are fighting against insurgents. Although the government may use their fighting against the Taliban as a pretext to justify its actions, the culture of arming and supporting illegal armed groups can have catastrophic consequences.

Taking into account the past, armed groups operating outside the government system, no matter what they call themselves, undermine the government other than helping it. The basis for the opposition of these groups with the Taliban is also not to support the government, but the fear to lose power. Their own interests are a matter of concern to them, and whenever they feel their interests are threatened by the government, then they also stand against it.
They have created their own rule, and are involved in illegal activities from land-grabbing to encroachment on people’s rights and properties in areas where the government has a weak presence. This issue is more prevalent in the north than in other parts of the country, with some heartrending incidents being revealed by the media. Even the fall of Kunduz city is blamed on the operation of these irresponsible armed groups. Representatives of the people of Kunduz have repeatedly said that the armed groups are more dangerous for the people than the Taliban and Daesh.
Leaders of the National Unity Government, especially the president, should take the threat of the so-called local uprising groups seriously, and crack down on them because the higher the number of these gunmen grows, the more the government’s rule dwindles and the people’s problems ramp up.

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