“Police uniforms should be different, army uniforms should be different, and MP’s guards should never dress in the security forces uniforms,” said Kabul residents on Friday when they found out that MPs private security guards are committing crimes while wearing the uniforms of Afghan police and military.
“They (Ministry of Interior) have never determined a specific uniform for the security guards of the MPs,” said Humayun Humayun, the former deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (the Lower House of Parliament).
“The Speaker of Parliament and the MPs should share this issue with the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Interior should choose a uniform for the guards,” said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a former Interior Ministry deputy.
The National Security Council also made its statement after residents raise their concerns. The council said it will soon prepare a policy for carrying weapons and wearing uniforms by parliament member’s guards, and guards of other politicians.
“Issues like weapons for bodyguards, uniforms, or other matters related to politicians and parliamentarians should be addressed,” said Kabir Haqmal, spokesman for the National Security Council.
Interior Ministry’s Nusrat Rahimi said that the Ministry of the Interior and the House of Representatives will together address the problems associated with security for MPs, specifically regarding carrying weapons, vehicle’s license plates, and uniforms by the end of March next year.
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