The current Taliban forces who are stationed in Kabul will soon be replaced with police forces of the former government and Taliban forces and all will have uniforms, the Taliban said on Sunday.
Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, told TOLOnews that the current Taliban forces, who do not have uniforms, will be transferred from Kabul to military posts in the provinces.
Samangani, however, did not say how many police and Taliban forces will be deployed in Kabul.
“Police and uniformed forces who have received training and gained skills in their specific fields should soon take charge of maintaining Kabul security and start their jobs. After that, the Mujahideen who are stationed in different police departments and who do not have uniforms will be stationed in police headquarters and army corps (in the provinces),” Samangani said.
A number of Kabul residents, meanwhile, said uniformed forces should be deployed to the city to maintain security and to prevent criminal activity by gunmen identifying as Taliban.
According to the residents, people are accustomed to uniformed police and will feel more comfortable with them in the city.
The residents also said the new forces should fight criminals and restore order in the city.
“They should have a specific uniform and be well-organized in the city and maintain security so that the people will not worry,” said Sheikh Zaman, a Kabul resident.
“We have seen cases where some people identifying themselves as Taliban forces have committed illegal actions in the city,” said Abdurrahman, a Kabul resident.
Following the collapse of the former government in mid-August, Afghan police left their posts and the city remained without police. Taliban forces took charge of the city.
Abdul Majid, a Taliban force member, said he was on duty for many years along with other Taliban force members in Takhar province, and following the collapse of the former government he was assigned to maintain security in Kabul’s PD2.
According to Abdul Majid, hundreds of Taliban forces like him who previously were in the provinces are now maintaining security in Kabul.
“Now people are safe from robberies and other insecurity issues, and they should be happy about the security we have provided,” said Abdul Majid.
Taliban forces currently stationed in Kabul do not have uniforms and some residents in the past weeks called on the Taliban to provide uniforms for their forces so the people will trust their authority.