Afghan government approves new annual security plan
Plan aims at improving security situation of cities, highways and to identify areas under threat, official statement says
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday approved the annual security plan “Khalid” with evidently offensive posture in the wake of a robust insurgency entering
The decision came following a meeting with the president of his top security officials and advisers -- including Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid, Interior Minister Massoud Indrabi, and head of the spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) Masom Stanikzai and others.
“The Khalid Security Plan is aimed at improving the security situation of cities and highways, to identify areas under threat, security measures for the electoral process and better care and deployment of the forces”, the statement issued by the presidency said.
The Ministry of Defense had previously said the plan is in line with the new Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid’s slogan of eliminating the bastions of the Taliban.
The Civilian Protection Advocacy Group in the country announced on Tuesday civilian casualties increased three times to 484 -- 184 killed and 300 others wounded -- in March, compared to the previous month.
Last year saw the Taliban enter landmark face-to-face talks for peace with the U.S, however, the Kabul government is yet to be made part of these talks.
Amid the vague peace process, the end of winter and arrival of spring usually mean