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Hamdard wants local police force plan Afghanised

Hamdard wants local police force plan Afghanised

Feb 24, 2011 - 18:40

GARDEZ (PANinfo-icon): The plan of establishing local Afghan police force should be Afghanised as the process carried out by foreign troops has been in contradiction with the interior ministry's strategy, the governor of southeastern Paktia province said on Thursday.

Juma Khan Hamdard issued the call at a meeting with the deputy representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA), Michael Catan, in the provincial capital, Gardez.

The local police force should be raised in line with the interior ministry's plan, the governor believed, saying that district councils should have been set up before the creation of the force with guarantees from council members.

Members of specific tribes and groups would be recruited into the force, Hamdard explained. The process could be a success only when the force represented tribes, he said.

"Only one individual represents the entire local police force in the north. The force there has been established to intimidate some influential tribal elders," he alleged.

The governor said the local force had been raised in violation of the government's strategy not only in Paktia, but throughout the country. He insisted the process should be Afghanised as it would help prevent ethnic differences that could lead to future chaos.

The force could turn against the government like past militias, which often clashed with each other, Hamdard said, adding the security situation in Paktia was better, compared to other provinces.

Catan renewed the international community's pledge to continue assisting the province with reconstructioninfo-icon projects.


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