Lawmakers accused of meddling in Ghazni police affairs
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): One hundred and eighty policemen and 600 Taliban have been killed and wounded in 758 attacks over the past six months in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Wednesday.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel,in an exclusive chat, told Pajhwok Afghan News 394 rebels had been killed 233, wounded and 17 others arrested in offensives and clashes across the province.
During the period 180 policemen also suffered casualties, he said, without explaining how many were killed.“In the beginning of the year, Taliban attacks reached the outskirts of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, but now fighting usually takes place in districts.”
He blamed the insurgents for planting landmines on highways and roads, which usually claimed the lives of civilians. Amarkhel said police had arrested a number of individuals for forcibly collecting Ushr from farmers.
The police chief complained some lawmakers and local representatives interfered in affairs of the force, impeding efforts to reinforce security. However, hee did not go into details of political interference.
“When I decide to change the police chief of any district, lawmakers and local officials interfere in our affairs,” claimed Amarkhel, who stopped short of naming anyone.
Hamidullah Noorzai, the provincial council chief, also confirmed interference from politician in the police affairs. He urged security officials not to allow politician to meddle on law and order issues.
He called for an immediate stop to the meddling, a practice that badly impinged on security in Ghazni and emboldened insurgents.
Governor Abdul Karim Matin promised the provincial government would strive to address the issue of interference.He said 19 civilians have been killed and 22 others wounded during militants attacks in the province over the past one month.
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