Dozens of Kabul residents from PD7 and PD8 gathered outside parliament on Wednesday to protest against the sharp increase in crime and murders in the city.
The protestors claimed that some security officials help criminals by not arresting them.
“The Kabul Police Headquarters said they will arrest murderers but unfortunately they have done nothing in this respect 50 days after one case. The murderers are wandering freely around the city,” said Muhammad Anwar, a protestor.
According to Mohammad Sadiq, another protester whose relative was murdered recently said he was still waiting for action to be taken.
“The murderer was taken away by an intelligence officer. I will take him to the court (said the officer).” But this did not happen, added Sadiq.
The protestors also claimed that at least 10 residents were killed in their areas in the past few months but that security forces have not yet arrested any suspects.
“We have had ten murder cases in Waisal Abad area (in Kabul). The people who have gathered here are from the PD7 and PD8,” said Attaullah Faizani, a member of Kabul Provincial Council.
Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers warned that they will have security officials summoned by the Attorney General’s Office if the demands of protestors are not met.
“We will summon the relevant security officials to the relevant commission of parliament. We will send them to the Attorney General’s Office if they neglect to do their duty or if they commit corruption,” said Asif Sediqqi, second deputy speaker of Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament).
Kabul Police Chief Hassan Shah Frogh confirmed recent incidents but said crime has dropped in the city but said progress had been made in one case.
“We told them that the murderer has escaped and has hidden in the mountains in Panjshir province. His arrest cannot be done in a short time. Police are following the case and he will be arrested in the near future,” he said.
The protestors warned that the trust between residents and police leaders would be damaged if police fail to take action against criminals in the city.