The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, with cooperation of the international community, is constantly improving the Afghan National Security Forces in terms of numbers and professionalism. The Ministries of Defence and Interior have taken effective steps in this direction during the last ten years. Every day, thousands of Afghan youth from different parts of the country go to the army and police recruitment centres to enlist.
After the recruitment process, the brave Afghan youths are provided with short and long-term training programmes by the government security departments. Many Afghan officers in the military and police impart these training courses. The curricula include military skills, the Afghan constitution, prohibition of violence against women, child protection laws, human rights, and weapon tactics are all covered in their transition from civilian to professional soldier or police.
The Police Training Centre in Parwan is where hundreds of police officers are currently training. Recently, this centre celebrated its seventh graduation class in the presence of government officials as 187 police officers received their graduation certificates. The officers were trained for four and a half months by Afghan instructors and are now ready to put their new skills and education to work for peace in Afghanistan.
The centre has trained hundreds of professional police officers since it began its activities in the province. According to General Paiman, the General Commander of the Parwan Training Centre, 1,261 police officers have graduated the sergeant course since the centre opened.
“We have hundreds of police officers in training and every one of them is here because they believe in our country. The Afghan instructors, assisted by the international community, are working day and night to build a more professional police force for the community,” General Paiman said.
“I will serve Afghanistan and my people,” is the motto all Afghan military and police officers proclaim after graduating from the training programmes.
Najibullah, one of the officers who recently graduated from the centre, said, “The mentors were very professional and knowledgeable. As an Afghan, I am ready to do my job in every corner of the country. Serving the country and my people is the greatest honour for me.”
Brigadier General Jawed Beheshti, Deputy General Commander of Education at the Ministry of Interior, urged the newly graduated officers to respect the sanctity and purity of their duty. He told the officers, “You can succeed when you earn people’s satisfaction and trust; and you can win the people’s trust when you are honest in your duty.”
Ethics and good behaviour is one of the fundamental imperatives for a country’s security forces, especially for police officers because they have a close relationship with the public. Zakia Sangin, a member of the Afghan Parliament, believes that “a just and well-conditioned soul is the key to success for our police officers.” She asked the new graduated police officers to take their place in people’s hearts by demonstrating their professionalism, and honesty.
A few weeks ago, the enemies of Afghanistan launched attacks on the government and civilian targets in parts of Helmand. The brave security personnel of the Afghan National Security Forces forced the enemy to flee, suffering heavy losses.
A delegation, headed by the Afghan Defence Minister, General Bismillah Mohammadi, recently visited Helmand to assess the security situation.
The minister addressed the Afghan security personnel and lauded their sacrifices and professionalism in defending their homeland and fellow countrymen.
“We assessed the situation here. Thank God, the evil and malicious attempts by the enemy of capturing Nawzad, Musa Qala, Sangin and Kajaki have been foiled. Our security forces acted in a coordinated fashion and defeated the enemy,” Gen Mohammad said. He also announced to deploy more troops in the province.
Public Health Minister Dr Suraya Dalil, a member of the delegation, visited the wounded in Lashkar Gah. She asked the provincial health officials to take full care of the victims.
For soldiers and policemen morale is high. Tooryalai, an ANA soldier who was treated for battle wounds in Bost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, told the Afghan channel “One TV” that once recovered he would go back to fight the enemy.
General Sayed Malook, commander of the ANA 215th Maiwand Corps, lauding his men, said that the enemies of peace will never succeed in their designs.
“We have deployed our reserve forces in the districts. You can see that the situation is completely under control, thank God,” he said.
General Sultan Mohammad, the provincial chief of the Afghan Border Police, told the media that most of area was cleared of the insurgents and the search operation was in full swing.
Helmand police chief, General Abdul Qayum Baqizoy, told One TV that in the past British, Danish and US troops used to lead the fighting, but this time, the enemy was defeated by the Afghan forces alone.
He said the insurgents did not have any regard for the civilians and use them as human shields. Referring to the enemy’s evil tactics, the police chief said, “You will not believe that they had planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) even inside a flour bag in one house. They had planted IEDs inside a clay oven and on the doors of the house.”
Many insurgents took positions in civilian buildings and the residents were forced to leave their houses.
“Near the road where they wanted to plant landmines, they forced the people out of their houses. People were displaced and had to take refuge in the desert,” Gen Malook told the media.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Red Crescent Society has distributed food packages, drugs and tents among the internally displaced people in Helmand.