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VP Saleh leads Kabul Security as concerns mount on rising crime

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Following the rise in crime in the capital Kabul, President Ghani handed over security responsibility to first Vice President, Amrullah Saleh, for several weeks.

First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh said recently that has taken charge of Kabul’s security for a few weeks in compliance with President Ghani’s directives.

“Moments that shape & shake my resolve: Last evening (Friday) amid cheering at the football stadium a lady reached to me & asked me to hold her baby in my arms. Pose for selfie & read the writing on the baby’s cloth. “Save my now. Secure my future. That is my Manifesto. Our Manifesto,” VP tweeted yesterday.

Meanwhile, the first VP wrote on his Facebook page: “I don’t have anything called compassion for criminals in my dictionary in terms of enforcing the law to ensure public security.”

“I will discharge my other duties and responsibilities the way I did in the past,” he told Kabul residents, adding that implementation of the security charter would be part of his program.

“I know Kabul like the back of my hand … You can be sure, the list of thieves, harassers, extortionists, violators of law, usurpers of public property and criminals is pre-arranged,” he added.

The first vice president also called on people to help the relevant agencies and provide them information that could help improve the security environment in the nation’s capital.

This comes at a time when crime in capital Kabul has peaked over the past few months and people are becoming victims of various criminal offenses every night.

Earlier, President Ghani also expressed his concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Kabul, adding that 300 more security cameras would be installed in the city in the coming future.

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