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Reforms needed in Afghanistan National Police

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Reforms needed in Afghanistan National Police
 Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, delivering speech at the 10th graduation ceremony of ANP from National Police Academy, stressed that MoI was moving on the right direction and that they have started codification of a four-year strategy which would be soon presented to presidential office.
“The strategy will cover two key sections and that are improvement of police force and structural reforms within the ministry,” Barmak said.
Implementation of the strategy will increase hope of the country’s citizens as improvement of police force as well as reforms in structures of the ministry can result in strengthening of order and security and law enforcement in the country.
Problems and challenges which Afghan people are now facing with, are all dueto absence of rule of law in the country and increasing of corruption in government institutions.
Previously, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had considered MoI as center of corruption and promised the people that corruption would be rooted out and reforms would be implemented in the ministry.
Now, Minister of Interior (MoI) through preparing a four-year strategy is indeed trying to bring reforms in police system and structure of the ministry. With implementation of the strategy, it is hoped that the country will have a strong and effective police structure and reformed police system at the MoI within the next four years.
Moreover, the strategy can strengthen rule of law, pave the way for equal implementation of law on all citizens and root out corruption in police. When police can pave the way for implementation of law, it will help maintain security and stability in the country, as stability and security can be tightened through rule of law in the country.
Nevertheless, it is needed to root out all kind of corruption in police system. Corrupt individuals should be expelled from ANP who are in the service of the people day and night and maintaining security and enforcing law in each part of the country. Further trainings should be provided to ANP inside and outside of the country so that they can professionally follow their duties and enforce law in a better way in the country. 
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, addressing to police graduates at 10th graduation ceremony of ANP from national police academy in Kabul, said: “There is no problem in motivation of ANP because police has full commitment to the country, but problem is in structures existed from the past in police.”
The country’s President also said that the language of police forces should be the language of constitution and national commitment to the country.President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asserted that their aim was to bring lasting stability to the country through rule of law, as stability could not be maintained with bullet but created with trust on police.
At the ceremony, the country’s President also directed the Ministry of Interior (MoI) that all administrative affairs of young officers, senior officers, appointments, changings, promotions and implementations should be followed based on the regulations of administrative affairs of officers.
There is now a unique opportunity to move away from the multitude of individual police reform projects toward a more coordinated, comprehensive and longer-term approach that stands a much greater chance of effectively addressing the complex and difficult task of reforming the ANP. 
It is time to clarify today’s blurred vision on the role of police in Afghanistan, and to achieve consensus on a common vision and strategy for developing a police force that will operate as “cops” rather than violators of the law.
 

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Problems and challenges which Afghan people are now facing with, are all dueto absence of rule of law in the country and increasing of corruption in government institutions.
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