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No ghost soldiers in Afghan military: MoD

No ghost soldiers in Afghan military: MoD

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Aug 03, 2019 - 17:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Saturday rejected the Special Inspector General for Afghanistaninfo-icon Reconstructioninfo-icon (SIGAR) report regarding ghost soldiers and said over 99 percent military personnel have gone through biometric process.

SIGAR in its latest report claimed the names of 42,000 ghost soldiers had been removed from the Afghan army which indicated a huge decline in the number of Afghan army personnel in the last one year.

MoD Spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai told reporters here no ghost personnel existed in the army because most of these personnel had gone through biometric process.

Referring to the recent SIGAR report, he said the organization did not reached to the MoD for information while preparing the report.

He said SIGAR might have got wrong in the numbering of Afghan military personnel as the total number was predicted 234,000 while the actual and ready force of the military is 200,000.

He said the names of 23,000 individuals had been removed from the system on the bases of retirement, martyrdom, disability and other reasons.

Ahmadzai said currently the salaries of 166,056 was issued through banks and 18,000 more personnel will be included in the system until the next month.

The MoD spokesman said security forces would continue operations in the Eshkemish district of Takhar and Kajran district of Daikundi province.

He said fighting between security forces and insurgent was underway in Kajran district and heavy losses were inflicted on the insurgents.

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