Print Edition - 2017-03-08  |  World News Digest

Afghan police complain of not being paid

- Agencies, KABUL

Mar 8, 2017-

Police in parts of volatile southern Afghanistan have not been paid for weeks, officials say, undermining morale at a time when Taliban militants traditionally increase attacks on security forces. The Nato-led coalition in Afghanistan has repeatedly warned that the effectiveness of police and soldiers to fight the insurgency has been undermined by irregular pay and leave, exacerbated by corruption and weak leadership from commanders. Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the governor of Uruzgan province, said local officials had spoken “repeatedly” with the interior ministry about wage arrears, but had received no satisfactory response, echoing comments from other officials in the region. “Our police forces haven’t been paid for a month,” said Ghulam Farouq Sangari, police chief in the neighbouring province of Zabul.

Published: 08-03-2017 08:28

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