MoI to probe MP’s claim about ghost police guards
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said it would investigate the issue of 440 fake policemen severing with 31 lawmakers as bodyguards.
MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told a press conference here the ministry would take steps to resolve the problem of “ghost police” registered with lawmakers.
On Monday, a lawmaker from central Maidan Wardak province, Ghulam Husian Nasiri, named 31 members of the Wolesi Jirga drawing salaries in the name of 440 policemen who actually did not exist.
Nasiri said he had no personal enmity with any lawmaker, but said he shared the information he had received from former deputy interior minister Mirza Mohammad Yarmand.
He said documents showed each of the 31 MPs received thousands of afghanis as salaries for the fake policemen.
The MoI spokesman said they came to know about fake bodyguards with MPs through the media.
A delegation has been appointed to investigate the issue, he said. “If MPs have more police guards than they need, this issue will be resolved,” he said, thanking the Wolesi Jirga for always supporting the Afghan National Police.
Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Monday said the issue was needed to be investigated seriously because most lawmakers had denied the accusation as baseless.
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