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Police to be delivered 542 armoured vehicles: Ulumi


Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Saturday said police would be delivered 542 armoured vehicles and irresponsible armed militias would be disarmed under his ministry’s first 100-day plan.

President Ashraf Ghani has directed all the ministers to brief the people about their first 100-day plans aim to bring about transparency in the affairs of ministries.Ulumi, who presented his ministry’s 100-day plan at a press conference in Kabul, said framing and implementing polices to strengthen border police, create border police zones, disarm illegal militias and increase coordination among security organs and their liaison with the judicial organs were part of the plan.He said planning joint and coordinated security operations and measures essential to minimise police casualties had been included in the 100-day working plan.Providing heavy and light weapons to police and controlling their logistic supplies under the relevant law would be realised under the plan, he said.The interior minister said damaged police ranger pick-up vehicles would be replaced with armoured vehicles and talks in this regard had taken place with suppliers.He also said efforts were underway to provide the police force with better health facilities and that hospitals for police would be built in every province, but stopped short of going into details.In the near future, construction work on a new building for the 300-bed police hospital in Kabul would be completed and the facility shifted to the new structure, said Ulumi, who pledged a review of the Afghan Local Police activities during the next 100 days.The minister said the ALP forces would continue in an organised way in areas where their presence had been effective and would be dissolved in places where they had negative result or no longer required. Such actions had been taken in some areas in the past, he explained.The interior minister said reforms would be brought to issuing licences for keeping armoured vehicles and weapons and the documents would be renewed on the pattern of passports and identity cards.For this purpose, he said, the need was felt for a number of electronic machines, which would be possibly installed over the next 100 days.Ulumi said in the past, arm licenses had been issued in return for up to $10000, but that practice had been curtailed and the new machines would prevent all types of corruption in this regard.The minister announced the anti-drug campaign would continue and big drug smugglers would be chased and a strict operation would be carried out in Kabul to prevent drugs.However, the interior minister said fighting drugs in Afghanistan needed cooperation from central Asian countries, China and Russia. In this regard, he said, he had obtained good results from his visits to China and Tajikistan.He said efforts were in place to implement reforms in the Ministry of Interior and a committee had been tasked in this connection.Stressing no political interferences in police affairs, the minister said work on preventing such meddling had been launched in line with the law.To strength police ranks, 3750 individuals would be recruited in the force and master level education would be launched in the police academy and 20 persons would be introduced to the programme in the first batch, according to Ulumi.He said new exercise facilities would be set up in the Kabul police headquarters and the police academy, where a dog training centre would also be established.Ulumi also said passports and would be issued to the remaining 10000 Afghan hajj pilgrims and visas to 20000 American citizens and NATO contractors during the 100 days.He said arrangements for the distribution of computerized identity cards had been made and the distribution process would be launched with instructions from the president.Efforts to recruit policewomen would be intensified and 400 policewomen would be sent to Turkey and Norway for advanced training, he said.The interior minister also mentioned activities his ministry had carried out during the past 100 days. A three-year plan and a number of strategies had been devised during the period when police participated in 2000 joint operations.During these operations, he said, 974 insurgents were killed, more than 500 wounded and another 132 were arrested.Ulumi did not say how many police were killed and wounded during those operations, but admitted police casualties had increased.In order to minimize police casualties, the minister said efforts were underway in diverse spheres besides equipping the force.So far the ministries of interior, transport, public heath, parliamentary affairs, justice, commerce, agriculture, communications and information technology, education, tribal and border affairs, hajj and auqaf and rural development have presented their 100-day plans.