Daesh Military Base operating in east Afghanistan near borders with Pakistan: Sources

Daesh Military Base operating in east Afghanistan near borders with Pakistan: Sources

JALALABAD - Lawmaker Hazrat Ali on Monday claimed a Daesh military base was operating in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistan, supplying weapons and fighters to districts.

Hazrat Ali, a Wolesi Jirga member from Nangarhar, told a gathering at his residence here that weapons and other materials were supplied to Daesh loyalists from their military base near the old customs office in Jalalabad.

“Two days ago, I captured an individual and kept him at my home until Sunday evening. He told me the IS center in located close to the old customs office and militants are being trained, recruited, funded and armed there,” Ali told the gathering attended by a large number of tribal elders.

Without naming anyone, the lawmaker alleged a well-known individual was funding Daesh and another one provided weapons to the outfit in Jalalabad.

He added the arrested person had been with him until Sunday evening after security forces did not arrive to arrest him. However, he said he had collected a lot of information from him and had informed security organs.

He also persuaded people to take part in the forthcoming elections and asked the government to pave the ground for fair and free process.

He warned insecurity could harm the electoral process in districts and security organs should take serious measures in this regard.

Tribal elder Mohammad Alam Khogyani said people were being kidnapped on a daily basis and it was hard travel from one district to another even in the presence of security forces.

But Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, termed Hazrat Ali’s the claims as groundless and said no Daesh center existed in Jalalabad.

He confirmed security incidents used to happen and security threats also existed in the province but denied the presence of a Daesh center in Jalalabad.