ALP forcibly sets up check-post in civilian home in Paktia
KABUL (Pajhwok): A resident of the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province on Monday accused Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel of forcibly occupying his uncle’s home and establishing a check-post in the house.
Atta Mohammad, an inhabitant of Nawi Kohi village, told Pajhwok Afghan News his uncle had migrated elsewhere due to some problems and his house was vacant when ALP men established a check-post in his house.
Mohammad said his own house was located 10 metres from his uncle’s house and his family members were facing many problems due to the movement of security officials on the roof. They lived with constant fear of possible Taliban attacks on their homes.
Atta said his female family members could not walk in the yard to perform house chores freely because they had to cover themselves from strangers.
Ata tried different ways including approaching the Ministry of Interior (MoI) over the issue, but his efforts bore no positive result. He said MoI officials at one point agreed to remove the post and ordered the police chief to do so, but the then police chief refused to remove the post.
“I have asked a friend who is a commander in the Spin Ghar Zone police headquarters to talk to the district police chief about the issue, but they demand $5,000 for removing the check post”, he said.
The check-post is always vulnerable to attacks from rebels. A woman and four others had been killed in attacks on the post in the past four months.
Police chief Lt. Gen. Qadir Gul Zazay said they needed an excavator to remove the check post from the area, but no one was willing go to the area due to insecurity.
They have contacted the Public Works Department to shift the check-post elsewhere as soon as possible, he said.
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