Commission set up to implement police reforms
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullumi on Wednesday said a fast electronic and operational contact network for the Afghan police would be established over the next one year besides introducing essential reforms to the force.
In order to perform these tasks, the minister told reporters in Kabul that a commission “on legal and technical reforms in training branches for police and traffic personnel” had been constituted. He said the commission started its work today.
Ullumi said reforms in the police force were crucial because some officers had been accused of human rights violations, misuse of authority and involvement in big crimes.
“Now the time has come to investigate these allegations and to take serious action if proven,” the interior minister said.
He said progress had been achieved in technology and other areas in the world and also in Afghanistan, but the laws concerning Afghan police were outdated and needed amendments.
He said NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, the European Union and several other donor countries had pledged assistance for police reform.
In this regard, NATO Resolute Support Mission advisor at the Ministry of Interior, Patrick Williams, and EU public relations office member in Kabul, Hamid Ghayasi, assured financial and technical assistance.
Ghayasi said the EU was also ready to introduce advisors to the Afghan Ministry of Interior for effectively implementing reforms in the police.
Lf. Gen. Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, the head of the commission, told a separate press conference that the panel would investigate problems the police faced in different sections and would carry out measures to resolve those problems.
“If we look at the situation, the nature of crimes has changed. The militants are laced with advanced weapons, so this is important to introduce reforms to various police sections and equip the national police with advanced resources and modern technology.”
Interior Ministry advisor Gen. Abdul Hadi Khalid, who is also member of the commission, told the same press conference that the Interior Ministry needed to equip the police with advanced technology and amend its laws keeping in view the war which had been imposed on Afghanistan.
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