Kabul residents embittered by insecurity, crimes
Sunday, 28 August 2016 03:21
Kabul has become a shelter for people who had been plagued by chronic insecurity in their provinces over the recent years.
Many families from across the country who could afford to live in Kabul moved to the capital; however, its security situation has worsened over the past two years to the extent that it is no longer considered safe.
Criminal incidents ranging from murders and kidnappings to robberies have become an everyday occurrence in Kabul. Insecurity and crimes are virtually at top of the agenda of every gathering in Kabul these days. Residents of the capital complain that they don’t feel safe in any corner of the city, casting a blight on their lives. Kabul Police Headquarters, however, claims the police arrest scores of individuals every day in connection with burglaries, kidnappings and other felonies, but the overpopulation of the city has, in some instances, rendered the police helpless to stamp out crimes. Meanwhile, Waqifullah Rohani, a member of Kabul Provincial Council, stressed the crime rate has recently hit all-time high in Kabul city, sparking concerns among the public. "Every day, I receive four to five phone calls from my constituents about killing, robbery, harassment of people by illegal gunmen, and other similar incidents," Rohani told The Heart of Asia. Rohani believed the division of security institutions between leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) has led to increased insecurity and crimes over and above the political paralysis.
Requesting anonymity, a girl told The Heart of Asia: "It was about 5 o’clock in the afternoon when I received my Tazkira (NID) from the General Directorate of Population Registration in Kart-e-Parwan, and headed towards my home. As I got off the car in Pul-e-Charkhi bazaar, several plain-clothes men in a car with tinted-windows approached me, and introduced themselves as operatives of the National Directorate of Security (NDS). They stuffed me into the car, but I kept screaming, and finally managed to alight from the car…." The vehicle which also did not have a license plate was there for about half an hour, and the men continued to lure her to go with them, she uttered, adding she then contacted the NDS hotline on 1919, but she had no information on subsequent actions since then.
There are reports about many incidents of this kind as well as of various other natures every day around the city. Stressing that the illegal acts were being committed by armed men supported from within the government, Latif Nazari, a military expert, told The Heart of Asia: "A poor person cannot commit a robbery, or abduct people; all the robbers have backers in the government, from whom they get weapons, and with whose assistance they get released if captured.” Yet, a spokesperson of the Kabul Police HQ, claimed the crime rate has dropped compared to the past.