Experts Advise Against Establishment Of Militia Groups


Military experts on Sunday warned that unless the establishment of militia groups is stopped, the practice could lead to the collapse of government.

But the Interior Ministry has assured the nation that it will prevent the formation of such groups, stating they can negatively impact rule of law and nation building efforts.

The recent formation of militia groups in the country has sparked public concern. People believe that if they are not stopped, they could pose a problem in the future.

Jawid Kohistani, a military analyst said: “It has been seen in the past that militias have resulted in the collapse of governments therefore the Afghan government should take this issue very seriously in order to prevent problems in future.”

An MP Safiullah Muslim said: “I think if creating militia groups continues it will become a problem for security – like the Taliban.”

Meanwhile the Interior Ministry is aware of the issue and is reportedly working on a strategy to stop the practice.

MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said: “Establishing militia groups will not have any place in Afghanistan because such groups can harm security, nation building and governance.”

This comes after the first deputy speaker in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) Abdul Zaher Qadir recently accused government of supporting Daesh. He also said he had established a militia group to fight Daesh in Nangarhar.

Meanwhile, deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi said: “After the first deputy’s accusation President [Ashraf] Ghani appointed a delegation to investigate his [Qadir’s] claims.”

Many people believe that the establishment of militia groups will not be in the best interests of the country and many think there is no guarantee that such groups will not start fighting government forces, which will ultimately lead to more insecurity in the country.

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