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Every policeman should salute martyrs’ heirs: Barmak

Every policeman should salute martyrs’ heirs: Barmak

Sep 26, 2017 - 21:03

KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak on Tuesday said a SIGAR’s report regarding harassment of the widows of martyred soldiers was ‘shocking’, promising to turn the ministry into ‘a home’ for martyrs’ heirs.

A recent report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) suggested that some widows of Afghan security personnel killed in action are forced to offer sexual favors to officials before they could receive pension benefits.

A Ministry of Defense spokesman said he knew nothing about the issue but his ministry had launched an investigation after the US watchdog report.

However, Barmak on Tuesday told a gathering commemorating the first death anniversary of Nangarhar police chief, Maj. Gen. Zarawar Zahid, that the SIGAR report was ‘shocking’, rendering him deeply upset.

Commander Zarawar was killed last year in Hesarak district of Nangarhar in a bomb blast. “I tell every heir of the martyrs, especially our sisters, to consider the MoI as their own home.”

Barmak, who has been recently appointed as acting minister, said: “How can policemen ask our sisters for hideous act? …shame and curse on such police who ask our soldiers’ widows for sexual favors.”

 “I am going to change the MoI into a real home for you…every policeman will be your servant,” the minister assured the widows.

Barmak promised a new system at the MoI to correct the affairs of martyrs and disabled people so no one faced such issues in future.

At the end of the gathering, a monument constructed in Tarakhel area’s Tangi square of Kabul City was named after Commander Zarwar Zahid.