Some residents of Gardez City, the center of Paktia province, said insecurity has increased in the city and that they want their safety ensured.
The residents claimed that insurgent attacks and target killings as well as threats against investors have increased in the city.
“Gardez’s security situation has worsened as much as people cannot feel safe,” said Afzal Ziar, a resident of Gardez.
“Security in Gardez City is worrying. No one is sure about their safety,” said Ihsanullah Ihsan, a resident of the city.
Members of Paktia Provincial Council said corruption is a main reason behind insecurity in the city.
“There is corruption in recruitments in police and this affects security in the city,” said Taj Mohammad Mangal, member of Paktia Provincial Council.
“There is no coordination among security organizations. They have started a business here instead of doing their duties,” said Mohammad Rahman Qaderi, a member of the council.
Paktia police said they are firm in their combat against corruption.
“Appointments and changes are a principle. Those who are appointed here are sincere and are serving the people,” said Gul Aqal Rohani, acting head of 303 Spinghar Police Zone in Paktia.
Gardez has five police districts but according to residents only two police headquarters are operative therefore government forces cannot ensure the safety of the people properly.