Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Thursday announced that Helmand's former police chief Abdul Rahman S
Helmand's Ex-Police Chief To Be Investigated Over Ghost Soldiers
Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Thursday announced that Helmand's former police chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang will be introduced to the attorney general for legal investigations within two days.
The ministry said he is being investigated on charges of exploiting his official powers, establishing ghost police and underestimating his responsibilities in the war with insurgents.
Meanwhile, Kintoz, the new police chief of Helmand said that statistics show almost 50 percent of police personnel reported in the structure of the police in Helmand are ghost officers, calling it an act of treason.
Helmand has been embroiled in heavy fighting for months.
"There are around 10,000 police personnel in the structure of police force in Helmand plus 16,000 army soldiers along with public protection forces and border security forces. According to my information, 40 to 50 percent of the force did not exist physically when we asked for help during operations. Salaries of ghost soldiers had been received during the past eight months and the money has gone to personal accounts," said Kintoz.
"Main issues related to the problems facing Helmand including institutional problems facing Helmand police. However it is a bit early to comment about the rest of the cases. The case is in the final stage in line with the orders of the president, and the former commander of Helmand police will be investigated," said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman to ministry of interior.
"Huge numbers of ghost police are reported in Helmand province. Their equipment and weaponries were distributed to mafia and local lawbreakers while our people in Helmand and military forces are burning in war flames," senator Akhundzada Alokozai said.
"There are 40,000 people on the list, but the reports which have been received show that seven to eight thousand insurgents exist in Helmand. With forty thousand people who are backed by tanks, artilleries and aircrafts, we should have eliminated each one of the enemy, it is clear that we have not everyone there," Kintoz added.
This comes at a time that the Taliban currently control several districts in Helmand and are plotting to expand their existence in several regions.
The existence of ghost police is thought to be one of the reasons that has expanded the war in the province.
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