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Govt against private militias: Presidential Palace

Govt against private militias: Presidential Palace

Nov 23, 2015 - 18:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The government on Monday strongly opposed raising private militias which it said created several problems in addition to insecurity.

The Presidential Palace said the government’s assessment showed Afghan Local Police (previously called tribal militia) were effective only if operated under the Ministry of Interior (MoI) command.

In a statement, the Presidential Palace said the government was against the establishment of militias which had created several problems including insecurity and harassed local people and weakened law enforcement.

It said the government had always struggled against terrorism in the country and Afghan security forces recently conducted successful operations against Daesh or so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters in some districts of eastern Nangarhar province.

Some former commanders have been insisting on the establishment of militias in order to include themselves and their men in security forces, the statement said, adding the only way for peace and security “is to support Afghan national security forces.”

The statement comes after Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir said he had launched fighting Daesh in Nangarhar. The lawmaker accused the National Security Council of supporting the Islamic State and said Daesh leaders were living in Kabul.


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