First Vice President Amrullah Saleh has said that undocumented vehicles are one of the biggest challenges to tracking down criminals. He said that these vehicles should be registered within two months, otherwise the government will seize them as part of a new security plan for Kabul.
Following a dramatic surge in crime and security incidents in Kabul, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Friday announced that by the order of President Ashraf Ghani, he is taking charge of Kabul security for some weeks.
Fighting land-grabbers, documenting thieves and digitalizing information are also among the plans which Saleh has vowed to implement in the coming weeks.
Saleh has also pledged to focus the force's efforts toward its primary job, which is maintaining rule of law.
According to the new security plan for Kabul, the beggars will be collected from the streets, illegal buildings will be demolished and there will be street-to-street intelligence coverage to facilitate the crackdown on criminals.
“The security forces have been told to show no mercy to criminals,” said Razwan Murad, head of the media department of the Office of the First Vice President.
Based on the security plan, a separate volunteer organization known as “Zamrak” will be established at schools, which is aimed to prevent the transfer of drugs inside schools and the harassment of teachers.
“Kabul’s lack of security is rooted in the poverty that exists in our society,” said Ramish Salimi, a resident in Kabul.
“They (owners of undocumented vehicles) have links to some mafia groups,” said Rodmal Amin, a Kabul resident.
Although there are no exact figures about the numbers of undocumented vehicles, the Kabul Traffic Department has said that currently there are 84 undocumented vehicles within the body.
But sources within the security agencies have said that there are about 4,000 undocumented vehicles in the country.
Military analysts believe that criminals and mafia are behind the undocumented vehicles.
“You see the abductions and kidnappings, if you assess the murder cases, there is a powerful person behind each case,” said Massoud Raghib, a military expert.
The government announced a security plan called security charter to integrate security personnel in ensuring the safety of Kabul and other big cities in the country. As part of this plan, President Ghani directed security agencies to come up with robust initiatives against crime cases in the city.
Recently, the acting minister of interior affairs, Massoud Andarabi, said that he has ordered the police to not transfer the criminals to the police station but instead to take them directly to prison so that they are not released by request.
Saleh called on Kabul residents to cooperate with the security forces and to share any issue regarding the forces directly with him.