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Area residents being hired to protect religious sites: MoI

Area residents being hired to protect religious sites: MoI

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Oct 04, 2017 - 20:24

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday revealed a new security plan for religious places under threat, saying local residents would be hired and trained for the job in their areas.

Najibullah Danish, MoI’s spokesman, told a press conference here that in line with the new draft scheme, reliable individuals from relevant areas would be employed after undergoing a professional training for security of religious places whether Shiite or Sunni which were under threats.

He said currently 600 holy places (mosques, madaris, Takia Khanas) were registered with the ministry and steps for their security would be taken under the new draft plan.

Danish said the plan would be first implemented in capital Kabul and later extended to all over the country, but sites under grave security threats would be given priority.

He said the new draft implementation would help increase people’s participation in ensuring security, saying people’s cooperation in security was important.

He asked people to introduce credible persons to the ministry as they would be hired against monthly stipends for security of religious sites in their relevant provinces.

He said such armed individuals’ authority would be limited to their concerned area and would merely support police, adding if they (the would-be employees) acted against the law, then they would face legal action.

The new plan for security of religious places comes after Daesh or Islamic State group claimed credit for deadly attacks on the Shiites in Kabul.

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