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Timely payment of salaries helps boost Greshk security

Security & Crime


Timely payment of salaries helps boost Greshk security

Apr 20, 2017 - 13:41

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Transparency in police ranks and timely payment of salaries and allowances to soldiers have helped improve security in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.

Greshk police chief Capt. Mohammad Ismail Khpalwak, during an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, claimed Afghan forces had been able to improve security in most parts of the district. But some areas of the district are still under Talibaninfo-icon’s control.

“After the fall of Musa Kala and Nawzad districts, Taliban tried a lot to capture this town, but we strongly resisted their attempts,” he said, adding the rebels were still trying to take control of the district.

“The Taliban want to mount pressure on Lashkargah, the provincial capital, and retain control of the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar highway and collect the highway’s revenue by capturing Greshk,” Khpalwak continued.

However, he said transparency in police ranks, in-time clearance of soldiers’ allowances and public support had helped boost security in the district.

Greshk district chief, Mohammad Salim Rodi, cited good coordination among security forces and their immediate response to militant attacks as the main reasons behind stability in his town.

“Greshk is the only district in Helmand where security is comparably satisfactory,” he observed, saying local officials had dedicated much of their time to improved security. Rodi asked officials to pay more attention to the security of Greshk.

Qadir, a policeman fighting against the militants, acknowledged their allowances and salaries were paid in time. “If security forces don’t receive their salaries in time, their performance will be affected.”

Abdur Rashid, a driver on the Greshk-Musa Kala road, said: “We cannot drive at night through other districts. But Greshk is the only town where we can move even at night.”

Mohammad Ayub, a resident of Greshk, agreed the security situation was stable there. “Security is good here but clashes continue in other districts, affecting business activities,” he remarked.

Helmand, which has 13 districts, is one of the most unstable provinces. Seven of its districts are under Taliban control. The security forces control only some districts centres.


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