‘ALP improves Paktika security but harasses residents’
SHARANA (Pajhwok): The residents of southeastern Paktika province on Thursday said the security situation had improved with the deployment of Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel, but the unprofessional and untrained force had created many problems for them as well.
They expressed these views at a gathering arranged by the Institute of War and Peace in the provincial capital, Sharana.
Speaking on the occasion, a religious leader from the Yusufkhel district, Maulvi Abdul Manan, said the security situation in their town had witnessed a considerable change after the deployment of the ALP force. But the same force had created many problems for local residents under various pretexts, he said in the same breath.
“First the ALP members stationed in our district are not local residents and secondly they are unprofessional, they beat people for no reason and enforce their own rules.”
A tribal elder from Sharana, Dr. Bashir, said the Ministry of Interior should hire local residents in the ALP force and give them proper training.
“The local police should be taught necessary lessons so that they do not mistreat the people they serve,” he said.
“Before their deployment in an area, the ALP members should be properly trained on how to treat local residents,” the activist said.
However, a member of the provincial council, Mubin Faqirzada, said the security situation in the provincial capital and districts had considerably improved after the creation of the ALP forces.
He went on to say that the ALP forces had been able to secure areas where the Afghan national and foreign forces had failed to stand ground.
Faqirzada urged the government to increase salaries of the ALP personnel and provide them with weapons and other ammunition and facilities in order to strengthen security across the country.
The ALP forces are deployed in Sharana, Yusufkhel, Khairkot, Mata Khan, Yahyakhel, Omna, Janikhel, Sar Hawza, Urgun, Ziruk and Surobi districts of the province.
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