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MoI rejects Taliban’s access to biometric system

MoI rejects Taliban’s access to biometric system

Jun 01, 2016 - 19:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday rejected as baseless claims that the Talibaninfo-icon had gained access to ‘biometric’ system to identify their opponents.

After recent kidnapping of passengers in northern Kunduz province, some reports emerged that the Taliban had gained access to the biometric system in the province and it was rumored the insurgents could identify security personnel travelling on highways especially on the Northern Highway.  

A statement from the Ministry of Interior said after investigation into the reports, the MoI could satisfy people that there were no such things happening and all such claims were untrue.

The ministry said the rumours were just part of the enemy’s propaganda and was a psychological war against the Afghan security forces.    

It said the biometric system, the ministry is using to register identities of police members and access criminal records, was completely secure and under control.  

The insurgents in no way could gain access to the system to identify police officials and no insurgent group was able to do so, the statement added.

However, Lt. Gen Shir Aziz Kamawal, the 808th Spinghar Zone commander in the northeast, told Pajhwok Afghan News that according to passengers freed from the Taliban, the group had gained access to the system and identified passengers using it.

The MoI in its statement said the biometric system has two parts --- central and local. The central part is located in Kabul, which can be only accessed by some specific officials and the other in provinces does not have any possible way to identify registered identities through it, the statement said.

“If the system in an emergency situation faces any kind of problem, the central biometric system deactivates all local systems in provinces after which it cannot be used or accessed,” it added.


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