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Ghazni police accused of extorting money from people

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Ghazni police accused of extorting money from people

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Sep 11, 2018 - 18:49

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A number of residents of southern Ghazni province say police are extorting money from people under different excuses, but the police chief vows to arrest all those involved in extortion.

Saadullah, a resident of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that police performing duty on highways outside the city used to demand money from travelers.

He offered no evidence in support of his claim, but said, “When you go outside the city and police stop you, they would definitely take money from you or would take your mobile telephone, this situation has landed people in serious trouble.”

Rahmiullah, a resident of Andar district, also said they had to pay money to police while going from the district to Ghazni city.

“I have several times come across this situation, if we do not pay money to police, they would not let us enter the city,” he said.

In response to a question, he said: “It depends on bargaining, police take 100 afghanis, 200 or 300 afghanis from people.”

Rahimullah said Talibaninfo-icon had also created a checkpoint in Arzo area on the outskirts of Ghazni city and they stopped people and searched them.

“Taliban in Arzo check people and ask about SIM card of Salaam telecom, they take the SIM card from people, it is another problem,” he added.

Essa Mohammad,  a car dealer in Ghazni city, said police also took money from drivers on the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar highway just outside Ghazni city.

 “I traveled from Kandahar in a non-customs-paid vehicle, whenever I enter Ghazni city, police stop me and demand money as gift, they would not let me move until I give them money,” he said.

He said he paid from 500 to 1,000 Pakistani rupees to police on roads and highways.

A number of other residents of Ghazni held similar complaints.

On the other hand, Ghazni officials say they have started serious efforts at controlling the situation.

Governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, said some people had complained about the police extortion to the governor’s house as well and the issue had been shared with the security organs for solution.

Ghazni police chief, Brig. Gen. Farid Ahmad Mashal, told Pajhwok that he would arrest policemen if found involved in extorting money from people.

Mashal said that he had tasked a committee with identifying such policemen. “I have also received similar complaints, those who misuse the police uniform and take money from people are worse than our enemy and they deserve harsh punishment,” he said.

People in other provinces of the country have made similar complaints against police forces.

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