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Security personnel want their problems resolved

Security personnel want their problems resolved

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Feb 28, 2017 - 01:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Expressing deep love for their homeland, security personnel marked the ‘national soldier day’ on Monday and urged the government to address their problems.

The day named “national day of renewing support for security forces” coincided with the 9th of Kab month of the Afghan calendar when former King Amanullah Khan declared the country’s independence from the British in 1920.

In this connection, Pajhwok Afghan News interviewed some security personnel including police, army and intelligence in various provinces.

Kandahar

Sher Wali, an Afghan national army service member with the 205 Selab Corps in Kandahar, said the government’s move to declare the 9th of Kab as national soldier day was commendable.

He said the celebration would increase people’s love and support for security forces whose morale would boost up.

However, he said security forces should be given salaries in-time and they should be properly equipped and supplied logistics. Sher Wali said wounded soldiers should be timely and properly treated and families of those who had sacrificed their lives for the country should be looked after.

Dad Mohammad, a policeman in Kandahar, said he was happy that the day would be celebrated every year. He told Pajhwok Afghan News still the gap existed between security forces and the people in remote areas.

He said marking the day of soldier would help security forces create a place in people’s hearts and gain people’s cooperation in maintaining security. It would also encourage the youth to join security forces, he said.

Paktika

Abdul Raziq, a member of the Afghan Special Security Forces, in southeastern Paktika province, said he was ready to protect the nation at the cost of his life. He said he would not allow anyone to create insecurity.

The soldier said they had currently no problem to face and urged the masses to cooperate with security forces.

Takhar

Policeman Akhtar Mohammad in Chal district of northern Takhar province, complained about the shortage of logistics and other equipment.

The 40-year-old said he joined the force a year back and had not yet gone home on leave. “We are not given equipment we need. I have purchased the boots myself.”

“We are given one Kalashnikov each with two magazines and are asked to go to the battlefield. Can the war be fought this way? We are not given uniform and boots.”
He said those having connection with higher ups enjoyed many facilities and they spent at least 10 days each month at home.

Herat

Abdul Saboor, a border police officer in western Herat province, said: “Police are servants of the people. We urge the government and the people to support police and give them respect.” His demand was an increase in their salaries.

Helmand

In southern Helmand province, 215 Maiwand Military Corps service member Syed Ahmad said they received salaries in-time. He called on the government to increase its efforts at ending the conflict in order people could get a sigh of relief.

He said the Afghan security forces were fighting for the defense of their country, honour and frontiers at the cost of their lives.

Syed Ahmad was talking to Pajhwok Afghan News after attending a gathering that paid tribute to security forces in the capital of Helmand, Lashkargah. Deputy interior minister for administration Ikramuddin Yawar also attended the gathering.

Yawar promised on the occasion that the government would resolve problems being faced by the families of martyred security personnel and people with disabilities.

Ghazni

A member of the national police in Andar district of southern Ghazni province, Wali Mohammad, said police fighting in the frontline faced many problems not only in Andar district but across the country.

He said instead of naming a day after the security forces, the forces should be assisted and remembered everyday. “Police are daily killed, their salaries and other facilities are delayed.”

Yar Mohammad, an army soldier, said it was his third year serving in Ghazni. He urged the government to increase their salaries and provide them needed equipment during clashes.

Laghman

ANA soldier Ahmadullah in eastern Laghman province said their salaries were always delayed and they were not allowed to go home for months.

“My home is in Kunar but I have not gone there in the past three months. If I do not go home in a month, my family faces problems.”

Wahidullah, a public order police personnel, said their all problems had been resolved except the availability of heavy weapons. He said the police during clashes sustained many casualties because they lacked heavy weaponry.

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