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Ghazni police chief warns of quitting, hits out at MoI

Ghazni police chief warns of quitting, hits out at MoI

Mar 13, 2016 - 14:04

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Ghazni police chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel on Sunday warned of quitting his post if the Ministry of Interior (MoI) did not address security threats in the restive southern province.

Amarkhel assailed the ministry for reducing the number of police personnel in some areas and converted the battalion of security forces into a group.He claimed the move had created a security vacuum in Ghazni, where militants could step up attacks.

“Andar district and some other areas of the province are on the verge of falling to the Talibaninfo-icon,” the police boss said, adding it was the government’s duty to protect the citizens, but the ministry was neglecting its responsibility.

Amarkhel reiterated the province was facing grave security threats and if the Taliban overran it, only the government would be held responsible. He said he would consider resigning if proper attention was not paid to the challenges.

Mohammadullah Amir, a resident of Ghazni City, said the ministry should not cut the number of security personnel in the province. Due attention was not being paid to security in the province, he alleged.

Few months back, the militants staged attacks on the provincial capital, where key link roads were kept closed for several days. However, the fighters failed to overrun the city.


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