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ALP forces seen behind insecurity in the north

ALP forces seen behind insecurity in the north

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Oct 12, 2017 - 16:12

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Residents, their representatives and human rights officials in northern Balkh province say Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces that operate under the Ministry of Interior have created insecurity in the region.

Local people say the government should strengthen the Afghan national security and defense forces instead of creating illegal armed militias like ALP.

However, local officials say ALP forces were created from people among local residents to protect their own areas.

Besides Afghan National Police (ANP), ALP forces were raised by the government in recent years in the northern region of the country.

But Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head for northern zone, Qazi Sayed Mohammad Samay, believe illegal armed groups were creating problems for people.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News the government should increase the strength of ANP forces instead of creating different armed groups.

“ALP forces may be helpful for a short period of time, but they create problems in the long term,” he said.

Balkh provincial council head, Dr. Mohammad Afzal Hadid, said ALP forces knew nothing about laws and that was why they created problems.

He said ALP forces numbering 900 were operating in three districts of Balkh, including Chahar Bolak, Chamtal and Shulgar, but most of them were unaware about law.

Residents of Balkh province also accused ALP forces of extortion and harassment. Jamshid Fardi, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said he was a witness to ALP forces’ harassment in Balkh.

He said the local police were involved in extortion, insecurity and torturing local people. Residents of areas where ALP members existed were concerned about their lives and security, he said.

But security officials said local police forces were created in favor of people and their protection.

Balkh police spokesman, Sher Jan Durrani, said the local police were deployed for improvement of security.

"The government did not create local police on its own, but first discussed the issue with local people and tribal elders”, he said.

He said those complaining about ALP forces should refer to the organs concerned so their problems could be addressed.

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