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President supports Interior Ministry reform program

President supports Interior Ministry reform program

Jan 09, 2018 - 21:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said outdated administrational structures within the Ministry of Interior (MoI) were problematic and emphasized he supported reforms in the ministry to further people’s confidence in police.

The president Ghani was addressing the graduation ceremony of freshly graduated police cadets from the Kabul Police Academy here. The ceremony was also participated by a number of high-ranking government officials, including Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak.

Ghani while expressing gratitude to the parents for sending their children to join the country’s security and defense forces, said: “The language of police should be language of the Constitution and the national commitment to the country.”

 “I am proud of the graduates who received diplomas today,” the president said. “Police are committed to serving the country, but the problem stems from the expired structures. And I fully support the reform program of the Interior Minister.”

The President while stressing the importance lawfulness: “Our goal is to achieve a long-lasting stability through law enforcement; because stability cannot be brought by firing shells but through trust in the police force.”

Ghani said the Commando Forces had doubled recently; adding the Air Forces would also be tripled soon and this would provide the police the opportunity to focus more on the rule of law.

Dissatisfied with the recruitment process of MoI officers, the president ordered the Ministry of Interior to hereafter carry out all internal affairs of young officers, high-ranking officers, appointments, relocations, and promotions in compliance with the officer internal affairs law.

According to him: “Whoever makes way to the force through relations and nepotism flees from the battlefield and who are hired through the power of money, steals money. Both cases aren’t acceptable to people.”

The President asked members of the National Assembly not to visit ministries for trying to get appointed their own individuals, saying whoever did this, it should be recorded through cameras and then aired on TV channels.

Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak also spoke on the occasion, saying about 446 police cadets graduated from the academy this year.

He said drafting of a comprehensive four-year strategy of the MoI focused on police growth, structural reforms and systemization within the ministry had been launched and the draft policy would be submitted to the president next week.

Sharfuddin, a newly graduate, said he would spare no effort in serving his homeland and would protect the territorial integrity of the country. He promised to discharge his duty with sincerity, loyalty and tirelessly.


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