The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday said Afghan security forces conducted 259 cleanup and 130 special operations across the country to secure the crucial June 14 election.
Talking to journalists in Kabul, Maj. Gen. Afzal Aman, the MoD operation director, said that search operations were conducted to ensure election security across the country in which several hideouts of insurgents were smashed.
He said security forces, especially Afghan National Army (ANA) helped paved ground for people to exercise their vote right.
He recalled armed rebels had defeated in the first round of polls and the second round of ballot was of great concern as militants would strive to sabotage. But the Afghan security forces would foil their evil designs, he pledged.
More than 259 search and 130 special operations were carried out across the country since April. 19, which would continue after the completion of the election process in case rebels’ kept their anti-state activities.
Thousands of army officials participated in the offensives, inflicting heavy casualties on rebels, he said, adding that nine search operations were still underway.
He stressed no ANA soldiers would be involved in election related activities. “ANA personnel have to exercise their right to vote only,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, the ministry’s spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said no complaints was lodged by electoral commissions in first round against ANA’s officials involvement in the process.
In his visit to eastern Afghanistan, the defence minster in his speech to ANA officials said any army personnel if found working for or against any candidate would be considered as traitor.
Azimi urged people to actively participate in the process in larger interest of the country and democratic process.