Team formed to merge armed groups into security forces
01 March, 2013
KABUL: The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has formed a delegation to hand over all the armed groups working out of the umbrella of security organs to the security organisations besides merging them into the security forces of the country, the president's office said Thursday.
Headed by the national security adviser Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, the delegation has been directed by the president to ask the Coalition Forces to hand over all the armed groups working under their leadership to the Afghan security organisations, a president's office press release available with AIP stated.
The delegation is comprised of operations in-charge of defence ministry Major General Muhammad Afzal Aman, operations in-charge of interior ministry General Muhammad Daud, the National Directorate of Security deputy operative in-charge Brigadier Muhammad Yasin Zia and advisor to organisation of local bodies Mir Abu Muslim Sidiqee, the press release added.
The president has directed the delegation to merge all the armed groups into the security organisations, the press release said, adding the directives had been given by the president in light of a recent decision of the cabinet.
On the basis of reports that the Coalition Forces harass people in Wardak and arrest Afghan citizens with the help of such armed groups, the National Security Council of Afghanistan recently directed the Ministry of Defence to kick out the American Special Forces from Wardak in two weeks. At that time the presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi told media that the Coalition Forces arrested a student in Wardak and later his beheaded body was found in the area.
However, the Coalition Forces have not accepted these accusations, saying it was investigating the matter.
President Hamid Karzai and the National Security Council of Afghanistan have made these decisions for what they said the protection of civilians. However, so far it is not clear whether the foreign forces would accept these decisions and would let the armed Afghans, who are currently taking part in operations with the foreign forces, to be merged into the security forces of Afghanistan.
An analyst told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) he did not believe the foreign forces would accept the decisions of President Hamid Karzai and National Security Council of Afghanistan. He, however, added everything in this regard will get cleared by March 15.