Hundreds swell police ranks to fight insurgency in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people have joined police forces to help eliminate insecurity in in southern Helmand province, a parliamentarian said on Saturday.
Abdul Wadood Popla, a Wolesi Jirga member from Helmand, told Pajhwok Afghan News the masses wanted to support police in maintaining security in the province.
The move in no way amounted to the creation of a private militia, he explained. “Our only intention is to help improve security in the province,” the lawmaker said.
A large number of civilians from Nawa district had evinced an interest in joining the police force, the MP added. “More than 400 people have recently joined the police.”
Popal urged the people to throw their weight behind the security forces in maintaining security in the province.
A delegation from the Ministry of Interior, currently visiting Helmand, also said the new recruits would serve as policemen.
“We will provide them facilities. Hundreds of individuals are joining join daily the police force,” confirmed Brig. Gen. Wakil Ahmad, lead of the delegation.
One of the newly-recruited policeman, Abdullah, said insecurity had recently increased in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. “I have joined police to prevent insecurity from spreading further.”
His colleague Sher Mohammad remarked: “I have also come here to defend my province, I don’t want Helmand to fall again into lawlessness and anarchy.”
The Taliban militants have recently stepped up attacks on different districts and parts of Lashkargah. They have captured some areas from the security forces.
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