New plans devised to ensure security in major cities
Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid, who was summoned to the Meshrano Jirga on Sunday, said currently dozens of terrorist groups supported by neighboring countries were engaged in fighting against Afghan security forces.
He did not name any country, but said Afghanistan’s enemies would never reach their goals. According to Jahid, officials of the Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with other security forces had launched 20 operations nationwide aimed at recapturing areas lost to Taliban.
He said Daesh group had suffered many casualties in Nangarhar. “All the districts of Nangarhar have been completely cleared of insurgents and people can return to their areas.”
About security issues in Kabul, the minister said, “For ensuring even better security in big cities such as Kabul city, a plan has been devised and its implementation will start from Kabul.” He didn’t provide further details.
Meanwhile, 101st Asmai Zone police commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told the upper house that at least 2,000 vehicles crossed the entrance to Kabul every night and Kabul police lacked facilities to check and search all those 2,000 vehicles.
He said work on installing scanners on the Kabul gates was underway in order to prevent explosives from entering the city. Installation of scanners on Kabul gates needed a specified structure and also took time, Rahimi added.
He said kidnappings and other crimes declined this year in Kabul compared to the past years.
Rahimi, answering a question, said, “Everyday illegal weapons carried by irresponsible people are collected and tinted windows are being removed; however there are some people in Kabul who are out of police control and power.”
On the other hand, Kiramuddin Yawar, deputy financial and administrative affairs head at MoI, confirmed the Kabul gates would be equipped with scanners in near future.
Dozens of operations for suppressing insurgents had been launched across the country, he said, adding that for ensuring better security, the MoI had established Afghan Local Police (ALP)’s security posts in 25 districts of the country.
Without going into details, he said the MoI had been also provided with 18,000 of US-made M16 rifles to use it instead of the old weapons. The Afghan security forces are fully ready to frustrate the enemy’s goals, he added.
Today’s session was presided over by Farhad Sakhi, the 1st chairman, who called remarks by the security officials as satisfactory and asked them not to hesitate from equipping and financing security forces.
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