A number of Kabul residents on Sunday said they are worried about an increase in crime, including armed robberies and the use of illegal arms in the city.
“We do not feel safe. We are happy that we live in Kabul, but there are killings, robberies and kidnappings everywhere you go. This should be stopped,” said Ahmad, a resident of Kabul.
Another resident, Rahmatullah, said: “We urge the Interior Ministry and other security agencies to address this problem, be accountable to the people and ensure their safety.”
Meanwhile, the issue of an upsurge in crimes in Kabul was raised in Meshrano Jirga’s (Upper House of Parliament) Sunday session, where senators called on security agencies to end this situation.
“Arbitrary firing and insecurity have increased in Kabul. Security forces should prevent this,” said Meshrano Jirga’s deputy chief Farhad Sakhi.
A number of analysts meanwhile recommended that professional and experienced individuals should be appointed in Kabul police offices in order to overcome the problem.
“I believe that corruption in security agencies is the main reason behind this as they ignore such incidents. Another reason is the inattention of security organizations towards those that commit such crimes,” said Bashir Bezhan, a member of a civil society organization in Kabul.
“This problem has to end. Relevant organizations should take action against it as soon as possible,” said Sayed Naqibullah Hashemi, a member of Kabul’s provincial council.
Meanwhile, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said they have started to address the issue of insecurity and crime in Kabul.
“The interior minister has ordered all relevant offices in Kabul to address the issue seriously and overcome people’s concerns,” Sediqqi stated.
Kabul residents said the problem will affect businessmen’s activities if not addressed.