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Balkh police record over 800 crimes in six months

Security & Crime


Balkh police record over 800 crimes in six months

Feb 17, 2020 - 19:32

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Residents and civil societyinfo-icon activists say they are worried about the increasing crimes in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, and blame police for the situation.

Presence of illegal armed men, armed robberies, targeted killings and kidnappings are crimes about which local people in Mazar-i-Sharif are complaining.

Meanwhile, Balkh police say they registered over 800 criminals cases over the last six months.

 Farhad Zaland, a civil society activist and local journalist told Pajhwok Afghan News that he was looted by armed robbers in Dasht-i-Shor area of Mazar-i-Sharif city two days ago.

He said the robbers threatened shooting him if he attempted to escape. They snatched his mobile telephone and money

“It was not the first time I faced armed robbers, I was once looted six months ago and the robbers took my telephone, we repeatedly shared this problem with the local officials but no action was taken,” he said.

He said armed robbers roamed around the city in daylight and looted people with the help of their weapons.

Nargis, a student in a private university, said she was worried about increasing criminal cases in Mazar-i-Sharif city.

She said she did not feel safe while going from her home to the university and she always feared a robber would target her.

Nargis said two motorcyclist robbers took away her handbag along with her mobile phone around a months ago.

She said she could not go to the city until there was a serious need because of armed robbers. She criticized government officials for their empty promises to fight against criminals.

Balkh civil society activists also complain about bad security situation in Mazar-i-Sharif and accuse security officials of negligence in this regard.

Sirat Noori, a civil society activist, said that the presence of illegal armed men in Mazar-i-Sharif city was one of the main reasons behind high crime rate in the city.

A number of illegal armed men who were linked to mafia groups roamed in the city in plain clothes, he said. Superficial treatment of criminals was another reason that added to criminal incidents, Noori said.

“I am witness to cases in which police release robbers just months after they are arrested and that is the reason such incidents increase,” he said.

A number of powerful men were behind these criminals, he said, adding that targeted killings and kidnapping were other problems.

Meanwhile, Balkh security officials acknowledge criminal incidents have increased in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Adil Shah Adil, Balkh police spokesman, told Pajhwok that the ongoing conflict in districts was main reason behind crimes in Mazar-i-Sharif.

He said police were mostly busy at maintaining security situation in districts and fighting against militants.

He said police recorded over 800 criminal cases in Mazar-i-Sharif city during the last six months and 600 of the cases were responded to and the rest were under police investigation.

Adil said Balkh police had decided to take serious steps against criminals for controlling the situation.

He said police would control presence of armed men in Mazar-i-Sharif city which had created concerns for the public.

A week back, Balkh governor  Mohammad Ishaq Rahguzar during a meeting with Mazar-i-Sharif people said that shortage of police personnel in the city was also a cause of problems.

He said the number of police personnel would be increased in city police districts in near future.



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