Gen. Amin seeks increase in Laghman police strength
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The police chief for eastern Laghman province complains personnel strength at several posts is inadequate, calling for an increase in the number of policemen.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin demanded an increase in police strength to deal with security challenges in the province.
However, he explained the policemen had been able to keep insurgents at bay despite their numerical inadequacy. The police chief assured improved security in Laghman.
“At certain checkpoints, the number of policemen is less than required, but it doesn’t mean we can’t maintain security. We have been able to prevent insurgent attacks in the summer,” he claimed.
With the exact number of the Laghman police force unknown, about 800 Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel are currently deployed to the province.
Additionally, a brigade of the 201st Sailab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Public Order Police personnel are also active in the province.
Gen. Amin added: “The ALP personnel have enormously contributed to improving the security environment in Laghman. The insurgents have been seeking to focus their attacks on ALP posts.”
About highway security, the police chief said: “A 48-km stretch of the road to Kabul passes through Laghman. Two months back, movements of militants were seen on the highway.
“But security on highway has now been ensured as a result of a recent operation in Tor Ghar area,” Gen. Amin said, adding new police posts had been established along the road.
He continued the Ministry of Interior had been requested to enhance the strength of ALP the regular police force. At the same time, he acknowledged cooperation from the general public in maintaining security.
“People’s contribution is essential for a stable security environment,” the police chief stressed, vehemently denying the presence of Daesh fighters in the province. “There are no foreign militants in Laghman. We don’t have any report about their infiltration.”
He repeatedly claimed the insurgents did not have the capability of face-to-face fighting with the security forces, who were determined to ensure public security at all costs.
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