Spate of crimes go unchecked in Kabul

Besides the spate of terrorist incidents, Kabul witnesses 20 cases of serious crimes every month, which have created a pervasive climate of fear and insecurity in the capital city  

If you thought terrorists and militants are the only serious threat to security in Afghanistan, think again. In Kabul and many other provinces, robbers, kidnappers, traffickers continue to pose a bigger security threat.

Realizing the gravity of problem, security officials have upped the ante in recent months against these nefarious elements in society. According to police sources, in the past 10 months, about 200 murder cases have been reported in Kabul alone, which has fueled tension and anxiety among residents. On an average, 20 murder cases are reported in Kabul City on a monthly basis.

General Mohammad Zahir Zahir, the Police Chief of Kabul, says about 11 murder cases have been reported in Kabul in last one month, while a total of 1,913 criminal cases have been registered by police in last six months in the capital city.

Based on the information provided by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, in the past 10 months, about 304 criminals have been arrested. Of the total 609 cases of reported crimes, 363 cases are of robbery, 25 cases are of kidnapping and 183 cases are of murder

 
Speaking to Afghan Zariza, Mr. Zahir said eight murder cases have been reported this month alone. Over the past six months, The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) has registered 1,704 cases of serious crimes in Kabul city.

Kabul has earned a dubious distinction as one of the most unsafe places, says Jamal Ahmad, an analyst. “It is among the most populous cities and home to many ministries, embassies and different national and international NGOs, so there ought to be tight security,” says Mr. Ahmad. “But we see most of the terrorist incidents and crimes like robbery, kidnappings and murders being reported from here.”

Mr. Intikhab Noori, a teacher at Kabul University, nods in agreement. “Kabul has become dangerous not only because of the spate of terrorist incidents but because of the crimes like murder, kidnapping, robbery,” says Mr. Noori.    

Based on the information provided by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, in the past 10 months, about 304 criminals have been arrested. Of the total 609 cases of reported crimes, 363 cases are of robbery, 25 cases are of kidnapping and 183 cases are of murder.  

The Kabul Police Chief says police has taken stringent measures to curb such serious crimes. “Our police personnel patrol all the streets in different areas of Kabul to check such crimes,” he says.
He blames the spate of crimes to unemployment, poverty and poor financial conditions. “Most of these criminals are forced into it by circumstances, and most of these criminals we have arrested are uneducated and poor,” says Mr. Zahir.  

Information obtained from the Ministry of Interior Affairs shows the graph of murder and other types of criminal activities has remarkably shot up this year across Afghanistan compared to previous years. It has created a pervasive climate of fear and insecurity in the city.

Information obtained from the Ministry of Interior Affairs shows the graph of murder and other types of criminal activities has remarkably shot up this year across Afghanistan compared to previous years



Quite alarmingly, a total of 8,946 criminal cases have been recorded across Afghanistan only in the past six months, showing an increase of 782 cases compared to 2012.

General Sayed Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada, Chief of the Crime Branch, says they recorded a total of 7,990 criminal cases in 34 provinces last year, in which a total of 11,951 individuals were arrested and booked under law.

In the first six months of 2013, according to Ministry of Interior Affairs, a total of 1,006 people were arrested on charges of murder across the country.

“In most such cases, we have seen that the security establishment remains in slumber until the hell breaks loose,” says Mr. Noori “And once the case is reported, they swing into action. They do not take the precautionary measures to prevent such crimes in the first place.”      

The prime reason behind these criminal activities, according to Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs, is the prior engagement of police personnel. These criminals strike when they see the police personnel are engaged in some other operation, he says.
 
He believes the policemen in Kabul are busiest force in the world. “Our police force has to deal with multiple security operations at the same time, so it becomes a little difficult for them to keep track of every petty criminal act, and these criminals take advantage of that.”
 
He, however, says police department is duty-bound to ensure proper law-enforcement and fight against criminal activities.

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