ALP forces kidnap Andar women for ransom
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of Andar district of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday alleged Afghan Local Police (ALP) have been kidnapping women at gunpoint to demand money for their release.
Mohammadullah, a resident of Kabli area of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that ALP forces had several times kidnapped women from their area.
“People have no power to resist them. They enter people’s home and take with them married or unmarried women and when relatives seek their release, the ALP men demand 200,000 Pakistani rupees,” he said.
Khial Mohammad, another resident, said ALP forces had many times taken with them women from Kajeer and Kabli areas.
“They take women as their fathers watch. Is it not barbarism? They don’t consider us humans,” he said.
He said most people did not take their female patients to hospital for treatment because they fear ALP forces on roads would take them hostage.
“ALP forces stop every bearded man and accuse him of links with Taliban. They take hostage their women if they travel with bearded civilians,” Mohammad said.
The residents asked the government to improve security in their area and award harsh punishment to cruel ALP forces.
Provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhail also confirmed people’s harassment by ALP forces.
“I have evidence and video clips that show ALP forces abusing women. Rahmat and Noor Mohammad who lead gangs are among those involved in such cases. They must be killed or taken to jail,” he said.
He said local people should also stand against cruel people in Andar district.
“It is my job to defend people’s honour. I ask Andar people to kill cruel people who harass and assault civilians,” Amarkhail added.
He said some ALP forces forcibly took 17,000 afghanis each month from each family in Andar district.
Andar district chief Mohammad Qasim Desiwall also confirmed ALP atrocities.
“It will make no difference if the entire district falls to the Taliban, but we cannot tolerate ALP forces cruel actions, we don’t want them at all.”
A day earlier Andar residents arrived in Ghazni City and protested in front of the governor’s house against the killing of an innocent civilian by ALP forces.
“They severely beat Shah Wali, cut off his hands and then crushed him beneath a tank,” the victim’s brother yesterday.
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