Police must be depoliticized: Civil officials
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior civil officials on Wednesday stressed taking out security and defence forces of the realm of politics and asked the forces especially police to carry on their duties without any prejudice and political behavior.
The authorities expressed these views on the last day of a two-day conference “police vision and future actions” in Kabul.
The conference besides Afghan officials also featured NATO, European Union and the Resolute Support officials.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah during the session asked security forces not to perform their duties with partiality or political behavior but with patriotism.
Addressing the police, the CEO said: “We always support you; we want you to remain focused on your duties and don’t consider whatever on the political front happens in the country. Let us deal with our political discussions and you focus on your own duties and responsibilities, which are very valuable to us.”
Abdullah said the unity government every time and under any circumstances provided police with needed facilities.
The CEO called women to join the police force: “This is not someone’s demand from us, situation differs from country to country but for better reforms, policewomen’s existence is essential.”
He said police’s sincere acts gave the Afghan people hope for a bright future and policemen could only completely finish their job when accompanied by policewomen.
On the first day of the conference on Tuesday, Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid said there were currently 2800 policewomen in Afghanistan and efforts were being made to increase their number to 5,000.
Today Jahid) stressed depoliticizing of police and said: “Politicization of security forces weaken them. Security forces especially Afghan Nation Police (ANA) should completely be depoliticized.”
Meanwhile, EU Ambassador to Afghanistan Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin told the session that over the past 14 years, Afghan Security Forces and especially ANP had strengthened undergoing various trainings.
“The international community is proud of Afghan police’s capability and is confident that now ANP can perform well their duties. I also suggest that police should be depoliticized, consider human rights seriously, fight against corruption and take steps for bringing better leadership and good management.”
Gen. John William Nicholson, NATO Resolute Support commander in Afghanistan, praised ANP personnel actions and sacrifices.
He also confirmed the ANP had strengthened and were capable of fighting against terrorism and said a live example was Mohammad Akbar’s bravery and courage who rescued dozens of students’ lives during the attack on the American University of Afghanistan.
Mohammad Akbar was a special forces’ police unit officer who was killed in the attack.
Nicholson stressed US continued assistance to Afghanistan’s security and defence forces and said after the year 2016 up to 12,000 NATO soldiers would stay in Afghanistan and would train and counsel Afghan security forces.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head Sima Samar, who was also present at the gathering, said police used to commit some violations.
“Unfortunately there are some violations including harassment of policewomen, misuse of uniform and human rights violation s. Example is when police capture a terrorist, they curse him and his family, which is illegal.” She asked the Ministry of Interior to prevent such acts.
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