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In photos: Security forces hold military parade in Kunduz ahead of a crucial vote

By Hedayatullah


Afghan National Army's (ANA) vehicles can been seen in this picture taken on October 16. [Hedayatullah] 

Afghan National Army's (ANA) vehicles can been seen in this picture taken on October 16. [Hedayatullah] 


Afghan National Army personnel prepare for military manoeuvres in Kunduz City on October 16.[Hedayatullah]

Afghan National Army personnel prepare for military manoeuvres in Kunduz City on October 16.[Hedayatullah]


Col. Abdul Jamil Musafer, commander of the 1st Regiment of the 20th Pamir Division, on October 16 reviews his security plans for the election day. [Hedayatullah]

Col. Abdul Jamil Musafer, commander of the 1st Regiment of the 20th Pamir Division, on October 16 reviews his security plans for the election day. [Hedayatullah]


Afghan security forces search a vehicle in Kunduz City on October 16 ahead of the parliamentary elections on Satruday (October 20). [Hedayatullah]

Afghan security forces search a vehicle in Kunduz City on October 16 ahead of the parliamentary elections on Satruday (October 20). [Hedayatullah]


Afghan security forces prepare for military manoeuvres in Kunduz City on Ocober 16. [Hedayatullah]

Afghan security forces prepare for military manoeuvres in Kunduz City on Ocober 16. [Hedayatullah]


Afghan security forces pose for a picture October 16 at the 20th Pamir Division compound near the centre of Kunduz City. [Hedayatullah]

Afghan security forces pose for a picture October 16 at the 20th Pamir Division compound near the centre of Kunduz City. [Hedayatullah]


Afghan security forces vehicles cross Kunduz City Square in a show of force military manoeuvre on October 16. [Hedayatullah]

Afghan security forces vehicles cross Kunduz City Square in a show of force military manoeuvre on October 16. [Hedayatullah]


Nearly 100 military vehicles participated in the show of force manoeuvre in Kunduz City on October 16. [Hedayatullah]

Nearly 100 military vehicles participated in the show of force manoeuvre in Kunduz City on October 16. [Hedayatullah]

KUNDUZ -- Afghan security forces held a public military display in Kunduz Province as a show of force and to defy the growing threats from the Taliban to disrupt the parliamentary elections this Saturday (October 20).

The militant group's objective is also to discourage the Afghan public to come out and cast their votes.

The military parade, which was held Tuesday (October 16), covered about 10 kilometres, moving between the 20th Pamir Division compound near Kunduz Airport to the centre of Kunduz City.


A young boy, Faridullah, waves to Afghan security forces crossing Kunduz City Square October 16 in a show of force ahead of parliamentary elections this Saturday (October 20). [Hedayatullah]

A young boy, Faridullah, waves to Afghan security forces crossing Kunduz City Square October 16 in a show of force ahead of parliamentary elections this Saturday (October 20). [Hedayatullah]

Nearly 100 military vehicles, including pickup Rangers, Humvees and other military equipment were put on public display.

The goal of conducting the display was to show the strength of the Afghan forces and to assure the people about election-day security ahead of the Saturday vote.

Brig. Gen. Ghulam Mortaza Sarwari, commander of the 20th Pamir Division, said Tuesday that nearly 700 Afghan National Army and commando forces were stationed in 98 polling centres in the province to ensure the security of the electoral process.

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