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Police reform campaign underway, says MoI

Police reform campaign underway, says MoI

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Jan 21, 2017 - 19:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said it had launched a campaign to bring about reforms to the police ranks.

MoI spokesman, Seddiq Seddiqi, told a press conference here 20 teams had been appointed to identify police problems and resolve them.

He said the MoI prioritized some programs in winter such as building capacity of security forces, equipping them and reviving security organs that had been affected in wars.

He said a reform process in different police ranks and a program to remove challenges the police faced were ongoing.

“The MoI has sent 20 investigative teams to different provinces to assess police problems  and the ministry would then find solutions to them after the teams had their reports prepared,” Seddiqi added.

The MoI spokesman said the ministry was trying to resolve all problems of police during winter season.

He said the interior minister had initiated a decisive action against corruption and he was trying to eradicate the menace from his office first.

The official also said the Afghan security forces conducted 700 operations in different parts of the country during the past one month. He said 80 police personnel and hundreds of militants were killed during the offensives.

Seddiqi said 43 militants were killed only in 20 operations of Afghan Special Forces in northern Kunduz province. Operations by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and police were still underway in Kunduz, Uruzgan, Farah, Nangarhar, Helmand and Ghazni provinces, he said.

He praised the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house for approving a draft law asking media outlets to name as martyrs Afghan forces killed in clashes with rebels. “This would boost security forces’ morale.”

Seddiqi asked the media to respect the law. The MoI spokesman asked the US’s new leadership to continue its cooperation with Afghanistaninfo-icon because Afghanistan was in the frontline state in the international war against terrorism.

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