NGO warns Afghanistan not to bolster militia programme

International Crisis Group warns not to use Afghan Local Police to counter insurgents

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A major international non-governmental organisation gave notice to the Afghan Local Police militia not to bolster their programme against insurgent groups in the country and keep the programme at a local level.

The ALP was founded in 2011 by the United States and Afghan Ministry deployed around 30,000 strong forces to fight against Taliban militants.

The International Crisis Group (IGC) issued a report on Thursday following the decision of Afghanistan to bolster the force.

The group has criticised the use of the forces and defined it as a ‘’cheap but dangerous’’ idea for the peace and security of the country and said: “The ALP programme has not improved security in many places and even exacerbated the conflict in a number of districts.’’

The report also mentions the complaints of people about ‘’extortion, kidnapping, extrajudicial killings’’ carried out by the ALP.

The IGC report  claims that President Ashraf Ghani government officials plan to increase the staff roster to 45,000.

The United States will halt funding them after September 2018.

The ALP is deployed in 29 out of 34 provinces in the country.

An officer from the ALP said they have more losses than the more traditional Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces ended their combat mission in the country in December 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies