Takhar ALP personnel without salaries, resources
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Afghan Local Police (ALP) officials in Khwaja Ghar and Ghwaja Bahauddin districts of northern Takhar province complain they have not received salaries for the last few months and have been lacking sufficient resources.
Maroof Ahmadi, the commander of a 31-member ALP group in Khwaja Ghar district, told Pajhwok Afghn News they were stationed near volatile Dasht-i-Archi district of neighbouring Kunduz province. He said they had to keep security for their own area as well as Dasht-i-Archi.
Ahmadi said they had been without salary over the past four months and lacked ammunitions and other equipment.
“We use our own resources to continue the fighting. The government should pay attention to our problems and if it did so we will be able to counter any threat.”
A member of the force, Gul Nabi, said it was his third year fighting against militants in the area and vowed to fight on until the last drop of his blood for the defence of motherland.
“But in return of our sacrifices, the government is neither giving us our salaries in-time nor other things we need.”
Gul Nabi urged the government to provide them their salaries and resources so that they could continue protecting their areas and residents in an effective way.
“We can’t maintain security empty-handed. The gap between us and the enemy is 300 metres, we are daily attacked.”
Takhar acting police chief Col. Haji Mohammad Agha Daud, who was inspecting security posts in Pul-i-Momin and Gortepa areas, told Pajhwok Afghan News he acknowledged ALP personnel performed their duty under tough conditions and lacked resources. However, he said salaries to the ALP personnel had been released.
The acting police chief said they planned to conduct a major operation against militants in the two districts.
Daud said they were trying jointly with the Ministry of Interior to provide resources not only to the ALP forces but all security organs.
He said national police and ALP personnel would be equipped and their salaries given in-time before the planned operation.
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