New police chief for Uruzgan introduced
TARINKOT (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Thursday said the security situation in central Uruzgan province would improve soon and efforts required to train police and meet their needs would be made.
Ulumi was speaking in Tarinkot, the provincial capital, at a gathering marking the first day in office by the newly-appointed provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Tooryalai Abadyani.
Former Uruzgan police chief Matiullah Khan was mysteriously killed by unknown gunmen in an unknown location in central capital Kabul on March 28.
Initially it was claimed Khan had been killed in a targeted suicide attack later claimed by the Taliban, but investigations showed he had been shot dead.
Ulumi praised Matillah Khan as an experienced police commander and said: “The enemies of the country and peace always target our men who stand in their way like a shield.”
The minister said efforts were being made to resolve security related issues in Uruzgan, meet the needs of police and provide them necessary training.
He said the new police chief for Uruzgan was also an experienced and professional police officer, who had the ability to put the security situation on the right track in a short span of time.
The interior minister urged the people of Uruzgan to cooperate with the new police chief the way they did with Matiullah Khan in order he could be successful in his mission.
New Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim was also present at the gathering. He said he had directed Afghan National Army personnel to launch operations against militants in various parts of the province.
Acting governor Amanullah Taimuri welcomed the new police chief and said his appointment came when Uruzgan was passing through a sensitive time.
He urged the security top brass to strengthen security forces in the province so that they were able to effectively keep the insurgents at bay.
In his address to the gathering, the new police chief promised he would make every effort to improve and maintain security in the province. He appealed to the people of Uruzgan to cooperate with security forces in their efforts to strengthen security.
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