GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Drivers in southern Ghazni province say they are tortured by police and forced to pay money while transporting goods and services on highways.
A driver from Paktia-Ghazni highway Jan Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News that drivers were being tortured in several areas on the outskirts of Ghazni.
“Police have several times asked me for money on the outskirts of Andar district, an act they are not allowed to do so.”
He said the law enforcement officials would beat him if refused to pay money as per their desire.
Mohammad said, he transported wood from Paktia to Ghazni in order to earn some money, but he could not get enough advantage from his business as they had to pay an amount to police.
Abdullah, a driver on Ghazni-Kandahar highway, said besides Afghan National Police (ANP), the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and public uprising members were also snatching money from them.
“We are being asked for money by any armed on the highways,” he said. If asked for the reason they replay. “We have to maintain the security and you (drivers) should give us money.”
He said police were taking 200 to 300 Pakistani rupees from small cars and 500 to 1,000 from trucks.
A resident of Andar district, Lal Mohammad, said he had several times seen police were taking money from drivers.
Lal Mohammad said that people have often complained to the officials concerned, but none of them had taken any practical action.
A number of other residents also complained about the issue.
Ghazni police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel said that police had no right to torture people or take money from them. “I visited many districts after we received complains in this regard, the problem has been resolved. I also gave my phone number to drivers to report to me whenever they face such issues in the future.”
He said a policeman who took money from people in 3rd police district of Ghazni city, has been fired and introduced to judiciary organs, he said.
He stressed people should help him in arresting such individuals in order to bring reforms to police ranks. “I ordered all commanders to arrest such kind of police and imprison them.” Amarkhel said.
A civil society activist, Rahmatullah, said if policemen who were involved in such activates punished, it would learn a lesson for others.
“I think in most cases the checkpoints’ commanders are involved in such issues, the commanders should be warned to correct themselves.”