Daudzai warns Kabul police over robberies
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Tuesday warned of a major reshuffle in Kabul police if they failed to combat robberies in the central capital within two weeks.
Daudzai issued the warning while testifying before the Meshrano Jirga along with National Directorate of Security (NDS) deputy chief Hasamuddin Hassam about the deteriorating security situation, including robberies and car-lifting incidents in Kabul.
The minister acknowledged the security situation had deteriorated in parts of the country and robberies in Kabul had increased.
"The level of robberies in some police districts of Kabul has surged, something that has made me tired. Police commanders are listening to your questions and hearing my voice. I give them two weeks to bring positive changes; otherwise I will be compelled to order a major reshuffle.”
Daudzai said government officials had been set next Saturday to remove tainted glasses from their vehicles because such vehicles were being used in crimes.
"Additionally, some other illegal activities also take place. If a person is permitted to carry four guns, he will wield 10 and if you question him, he will create problems,” the minister observed.
He did not go into details, but the Ministry of Interior has allowed each lawmaker to keep four gunmen. Daudzai said the security situation had worsened in some parts of the country because most Taliban fighters, who had shifted to Pakistan in the winter, had returned in summer.
High security threats existed in Kunar, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Paktia, Paktika, Uruzgan, Nuristan, Khost and Farah provinces, the minister said.
Daudzai said Afghan forces had evolved short and long-term plans to combat insecurity. The minister alleged a fugitive Pakistani militant commander, Mangal Bagh, was in Nazyan district of eastern Nangarhar province, creating problems for locals.
He said necessary measures had been taken against the Pakistani militants in consultation with the provincial governor and police. He stopped short of going into details.
Daudzai said Pakistan continued to slam rockets into Kunar and to prevent the shelling, the entire government machinery should come into action. “We are a poor nation and it is shameful for Pakistan to fire rockets on Afghans.”
About Islamabad’s assurances to help the Afghan government maintain security during the April 5 elections, Daudzai said the so-called assistance was seen in the form of rockets fired into Kunar.
Lawmaker Balqis Roshan asked NDS deputy chief if the peaceful elections had been a result of any deal with Pakistan, Iran or the Taliban. Hassam replied it had been the outcome of efforts by Afghan security forces and there had been no deal.
On the request of the two officials, the Senate held the remaining session behind closed doors.
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