‘Zonal police chiefs to have minister level powers’
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A senior Interior Ministry official on Wednesday said zonal police commanders would have powers matching the level the interior minister.
MoI deputy minister for policy Masoud Ahmad Azizi was addressing a ceremony held in honour of the newly-appointed 707 Pamir Zone police commander in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.
Gen. Babajan was introduced as the new zonal police commander by a MoI delegation from Kabul to government and security officials from five northern provinces – Samangan, Balkh, Sar-i-Pul, Jawzjan and Faryab.
Babajan had previously served as Badakhshan police chief before his appointment as the 303 Pamir Zone commander.
Ahmad Azizi said the establishment of police headquarters on zone levels was aimed at devolving power.
He said the 707 Pamir Zone police commander would enjoy all security powers what the interior minister enjoyed.
He said they expected similar changes would help increase coordination among security forces and overcome insecurity.
Gen. Babajan said taking nationwide security responsibility after the end of NATO combat mission was a new experiment for Afghan forces.
He said the enemies last year tried to destabilise some districts and highways in the north in order to mount pressure on Afghan forces, but they did not succeed.
He said the insurgents this year did not return to their safe havens across the border and stayed here to keep fighting.
He said the Afghan forces stood their ground against attacking militants in winter to prevent instability.
Gen. Babajan believed the insecurity resulted from insurgent activities could not be reserved militarily alone until common people, tribal elders and civil society activists joined hands with their security forces.
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