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500 ALP personnel to secure Nimroz borders with Iran, Pakistan

500 ALP personnel to secure Nimroz borders with Iran, Pakistan

Dec 02, 2015 - 16:47

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The governor on Wednesday said a 500-member strong Afghan local police (ALP) force would be deployed at the borders with Pakistan and Iran and border police would be equipped in near future to prevent militants from moving between the countries.

Recently returned from Kabul, Mohammad Sami said he met with President Ashraf Ghai and some ministers and also shared with them issues concerning security, reconstruction and education in Nimroz and got their assurances.

“There is no Afghan Local Police (ALP) in the province and we need the force for maintaining security,” the governor told Pajhwok Afghan News.

According to Sami, the Ministry of Interior had promised him the approval of the 500 ALP personnel for Khashrod and Charborjak districts. The border police would also be equipped and increased in numbers in the province to secure borders with neighbouring countries.

The province shares a 230-kilometre border with Iran while 85 km portion of the border is not controlled and is open. Nimroz also shares a 220 km border with Pakistan, including 185 km which is uncontrolled.

Sami said the Ministry of Urban Development also promised the provision of technical equipment to Nimroz and the Ministry of Counternarcotics would accelerate its anti-drug campaign.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs had pledged to conduct training programmes for 150 youth while the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs would mobilize 400 religious scholars in Nimroz to cooperate with the local administration in maintaining peace and conflict resolution.

Of the total 26 schools which have been closed in Nimroz over the past one decade, three schools would be reopened in Khashrod and Dilaram districts and they would try to reopen schools in Taliban controlled areas with the mediation of tribal elders, the governor said.