Reserve police units on the cards to improve security in east
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Reserve police units may be created to ratchet up pressure on militants in the eastern zone, a Public Order Police commander said on Sunday.
Brig. Gen. Nasir Ahmad Safi, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said he was assessing his personnel and planned to create reserve units this year.
“We are currently in a defensive mode, but plan to adopt an offensive posture by creating reserve units in Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces,” he said.
Safi added he had shared his strategy with the central government and was waiting orders from Kabul to take action in this regard. He, however, stopped short of giving details of the strategy.
Beside security personnel recruitment, mobile forces would also operate against the insurgents, the commander said.
He claimed Public Order Police’s deployment to the Chapa Dara district of Kunar and eastern Nuristan province last year had considerably helped improve the security situation there.
“We want to pursue the same policy in the western region of Nuristan; we will set up security posts in areas between the Alingar district of Laghman to the Noorgram town of Nuristan,” he explained.
Safi said that Public Order Police had stepped up search operations in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, to better the overall security environment.
He agreed the rebels would intensify attacks in the summer. However, he said they would not be able to capture any area because the Afghan forces were ready scuttle insurgent plots.
The commander called on the people to stand by their security forces who had been trying to improvethe situation.
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