KABUL, Afghanistan – The Acting Minister of Interior Masoud Andarabi denied forming militia under “Security Charter”, after being summoned by the Parliament on Monday to respond to the allegation.
Early July, Afghan government introduced the “Security Charter” in a bid to further strengthen its security measures throughout the country, while sources suggested the authorities are mobilizing “people in the fight against crime” by arming thousands of people in rural areas under the charter.
During the Parliament session, a number of MPs claimed the government has distributed weapons under the security charter plan to individuals who are suspected of crimes.
“All those who receive the guns are those who are suspected,” said the Second Deputy Speaker of the House Abbas Ibrahimzada, as quoted by TOLOnews.
“Those who hide their guns… are now being supported by the government,” said another MP Khan Mohammad Wardak.
Defending the allegation, the Acting Head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Ahmad Zia Saraj said people as part of the Uprising Forces are helping the government in their fight with insurgents; there is no “plot” in shaping them into militias.
“We have ‘irregular’ armed men in all provinces; therefore, we are trying to drive some of them to the right direction in order to keep them from going in the wrong direction,” he said as reported.
Meanwhile, Andarabi denied the allegation, saying “no one has been given weapons under the security charter plan.”
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The speaker of the House of Representatives Mir Rahman Rahmani, in response to the government’s draft on security charter, said Monday it promotes and reinforces “militarization”, disregarding security bodies in the country.
In a plenary session of the parliament, Rahmani said the government should stop making unilateral decisions, which potentially affects relations between the executive and the legislature bodies of the government.
“The recent proposed security charter by the government has raised a number of serious concerns amongst the people and politicians, as it casts and reinforces militarization,” he said. “This is while the people of Afghanistan do not have happy memories of militarization.”
“Those who voluntarily work to apply security charter have discredited security institutions; and the government needs to strengthen these institutions, not those volunteers whose identities are still unknown and has worried our honorable people,” he added.
Rahmani’s remarks came months after the government introduced a new security plan called the “Security Charter” to eradicate criminal offenses, prevent terrorist attacks and mobilize people to provide security in their areas.
Although security officials assess the plan functional, it caused a mixed of reaction among some, considering the “Security Charter Plan” not as effective as it should be to address crimes in the country – mainly the Afghan capital Kabul.