Martyred ALP personnel from Khonyan: United in life and death
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): United in life and death, 45 Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel from one village of the Qarabagh district of southern Ghazni province have been killed in the past 18 months.
They are buried in one cemetery, says ALP Commander Abdul Shakoor, who hailed the 45 men as his best friends since childhood. They were laid to rest in Khonyan village.
Afghanistan’s national flag waves over the graves of the martyred ALP personnel. Villagers have placed a variety of handkerchiefs on the tombs as a token of respect for the dead.
Pointing to one grave, Shakoor says: “The guy buried here was my best friend and the first ALP member from the village to be killed. All of them were my chums.” The commander adds he really misses his friends and the plight of their children shocks him beyond description.
The dead ALP personnel had children and families who are currently in pitiable condition. The government does not support the ALP the way it should, he complains, asking how the force will fight against the rebels. He recalls they buried eight bodies in one day.
Ainuddin, son of former ALP commander Habibullah Baloch, says: “My father has died. We want peace and the war should stop forthwith.” Clad in tattered clothes, he has a brother and a sister. His father’s dream was to bring peace to the country, an aspiration now cherished by his son.
Another resident of Khonyan village, Rahmatullah, confirms: “Most of the ALP men have been buried in this graveyard. Some people consider it a shrine.”
Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, says requirements of ALP personnel in terms of arms and equipment have been met. The economic woes of slain officials’ families have been shared with higher-ups in Kabul, he adds, hoping steps will be taken for the resolution of their problems.
Situated 40 kilometres south of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, Qarabagh is one of the insecure districts. However, after the deployment of the ALP force, security has improved to some extent in the town.
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