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New Paktika police chief takes charge, vows to fight graft

New Paktika police chief takes charge, vows to fight graft

Sep 27, 2017 - 17:58

SHARANA (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed police chief for southeastern Paktika province took charge on Wednesday, filling the top security post left vacant seven months back.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Azim Hashimi, who was formally introduced as the police chief at a gathering here, vowed to combat corruption and take action against strongmen involved in harassing people.

Hashimi said he would seriously fight against all elements out to insecure the province. “I am the soldier of this country and will make efforts as per the law to bring reforms in police and ensure security.”

“I will rescue the oppressed people from cruel clutches of so-called powerful to restore people’s trust in the government.”

The police chief identified his priorities as fighting administrative corruption and powerful individuals, saying he had arrived with a special plan to Paktia. He also promised restoring security on unstable highways in a short span of time.

A resident of Yahyakhel district, Haji Noor Mohammad, at the gathering, said the security situation had recently deteriorated in the province. “Our province had no police chief for seven months, rendering many areas insecure and enabling Talibaninfo-icon to capture some localities during the period.”

Meanwhile, a resident of Sarobi district, Haji Khan, alleged that besides Taliban insurgents, Afghan Local Police (ALP) were also responsible for creating insecurity in some areas and killing people. “Seven civilians have been killed by ALP members in our district alone.”

Residents asked the new Paktika police chief to seriously address all these issues.

At the end of the gathering, Hashimi promised to strongly deal with oppression and injustice and not to compromise at any cost.

Paktika has 18 official and unofficial districts. Many areas fell to Taliban during the past few months.


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