Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday announced that the security institutions have set up at least 90 check points in central parts of the city to help improve security.
MoI says these check points will have a positive impact on improving the overall security situations in the city.
But, residents have hit out against the new security plan, saying such measures will not help thwart threats.
“Suicide attacks have increased, none of these check points proved effective,” said one taxi driver in Kabul, Mirwais.
In May 2017, a truck bomb destroyed Zanbaq Square (now Salim Ezedyar Square) a central area of Kabul near the presidential palace and foreign embassies and killed over 150 people and wounded 600 others.
After this the Afghan government declared a key area of the capital city as the green zone where important government institutions and foreign embassies along with some businesses are located. They then established new check points.
“Check points have been very effective. Besides that, patrolling by the garrison has also been very effective, the graph of crimes has dropped by 40 percent,” said MoI deputy spokesman Nusrat Rahimi.
But, security experts suggest that government needs to increase its reconnaissance and intelligence activities, implement the law equally and concentrate on the city security belts to improve the overall security landscape in the capital city.
“We need to expand monitoring of security belts around Kabul, we cannot secure Kabul with check points,” said former military Mohammad Agul Mujahid.
“The law is not implemented against powerful people, we hope that the law is implemented equally so that security in Kabul is improved,” said a member of Kabul provincial council Sayed Naqibullah Hashimi.
The Afghan government on Tuesday unveiled a new security strategy for Kabul in a bid to make the city safe from insurgent attacks – following a series of deadly terrorist incidents that claimed at least 200 lives in January.
The Ministry of Interior on Monday announced a package of measures which includes seven priorities composed of 92 classified items that will be implemented in three phases.
Based on the new plan, side roads connecting suburbs of Kabul to the center of the city will be closed off and security forces will increase their reconnaissance and intelligence activities.