Local police force being created in Panjwai
KANDAHARCITY (PAN): Local police force would be created and deployed to Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, security officials announced on Friday.
The announcement was made by a delegation, including Kandahar police chief, Brig. Gen. Khan Mohammad Mujahid, 404th Maiwand Zone Police deputy commander, Gen. Mirwais and a USArmySpecial Operations commander.
The Panjwai district chief, Haji Fazlul Din, said the local force was being created after successful experiments in other towns of the province. Security in the districts where such forces were set up had improved, he said, urging tribal elders to help the government in the creation of the force.
Khan Mohammad Ahmadzai, head of local force chief, said insecurity had been a key challenge to the government over the past nine years. It was the need of the hour to let people protect their areas from insurgents, he remarked.
"We are planning to create local police forces in the south, especially in Maiwand, Khakrez, Shah Wali Kot, Arghandab and Maroof districts of Kandahar to boost security," Ahmadzai said.
The force personnel would be provided uniforms and light weapons, but they would be barred from entering other district with weapons. The force district head will be given a monthly salary of 11,500 (about $255) afghanis and a member 9,250 afghanis.
Kandaharpolice chief, Gen. Mujahid, said that since the regular police strength was inadequate, the local force would help maintain security at the district level.
Tribal elders promised to play their part in creation of the local force in their respective districts.
The force is being established in Panjwai after a joint operation codenamed Hamkari (Cooperation). An 80-member force is already operating in Arghandab district.
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