News - Afghanistan
Afghans' trust in Afghan national security forces is increasing, but people urge the international troops to stay committed to enduring support to Afghan forces, a report by TOLOnews said on Tuesday.
More than 300 people who participated in the poll from half of Afghanistan said a sudden foreign troops' drawdown would provide the ground for more interventions from neighbours.
Despite security challenges, the report finds people optimistic about the future of the country.
Officials in Ministry of Interior Affairs said the number of Afghan police forces would be boosted to 157,000 from currently 149,000 by the end of 2014.
The TOLOnews report covers 15 provinces in the country and 300 people are interviewed.
The first question asked was about the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
Interviewees were asked to express their views about foreign troops drawdown and are there fears for Afghanistan, they think, slipping back to civil wars after troops withdrawal?
Out of 300 interviewees, 152 of them described the troops withdrawal as hasty and risky, saying this would increase the chances of Afghan neighbours' interference in Afghanistan.
Seventy eight interviewees said they welcomed the troops drawdown and Afghans should undertake responsibilities.
They argued that withdrawal of foreign troops would be the end of conflict and anti-government armed groups would join the Afghan peace process.
But the remaining 61 interviewees said international troops should continue its support to Afghan security forces far beyond 2014.
When asked whether Afghan military is capable enough to ensure security and win the support of people, more than 190 interviewees gave a positive answer. They also emphasised on equipping of Afghan forces.
But 180 others said Afghan forces have not grown enough capability to ensure security and lead military operations.
And when asked how much optimistic they are and what they make of present picture of Afghanistan, Afghans believe they have a bright future ahead and the country is moving on the right truck.
Another 98 interviewees think there is a foggy future ahead and it is all because of bad governance and spiraling corruption.
And 57 interviewees stressed they could have a bright future ahead only if international community continues its support and Afghans feel responsible.
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