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Afghanistan to change tactics against terrorists

AT-KABUL: Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak on Sunday during a questioning in the Parliament regarding election security said his team was working on ‘stringent plans’to beef up security in voter registration centers, explaining that they will change tactic against militants as has the Taliban.

We are jointly working with NDS and defense ministry on how to beef up security in voter registration centers, said the minister. “We will change our tactic as has the enemy,” he added.

“4 to 10 police officers are deployed in each registration center,” explained Barmak, highlighting that law enforcement had no more capability to deploy more security officers in registration sites to maintain security.

This parliamentary impeachment comes a few days after terrorist attacks on voter registration centers in Kabul and tumultuous Khost killed and wounded over 100 including women.

In the parliament questioning, defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami said that the army forces were not directlymaintaining security; rather they were backing up the police in security measurements.

More than 7,000 troopshave been deployed to support law enforcement in protecting civilians in constituencies, Bahrami explained, reckoning that the army will carry out clampdown operations in 216 districts before election. He went on to say that the army will exert utmost effort to defend the country and protect the people.

NDS Chief Mohammad Masom Stanikzai also faced a parliament questioning. He said a unilateral military action against terrorism won’t suffice, proposing an involvement of people. “It is a collective duty of all people as well as parliamentarians to help maintain security by reporting any suspicious activity or security threats,” he said.

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