Afghanistan tells troops to move families from Pakistan

Most soldiers recruited in Kandahar have families in Pakistan.


Afp February 18, 2012

KABUL: Afghanistan’s defence ministry has begun ordering soldiers who have families in Pakistan to move them to Afghanistan in a bid to rid the army of Taliban infiltrators, officials said Saturday.

The new policy was crafted in response to a recent spate of incidents in which Afghan soldiers reportedly with links to militants carried out attacks against Nato troops.

“We have been told to ask our soldiers who have relatives in Pakistan to move them to Afghanistan,” Abdul Hamid Hamid, the army corps commander in Kandahar, told AFP, adding that the policy was not yet finalised.

“Sometimes their families are used as hostages by some intelligence agencies to put pressure on them to do what they don’t want to,” he said.

Most of the soldiers who are recruited in Kandahar have families in Pakistan, he added.

The militants, who are believed to have sanctuaries in Pakistan, have waged an increasing insurgency against the US-backed Afghan government and foreign forces.

“We have put up more strict rules in enlisting the new recruits. Those who have families in Pakistan are checked more seriously,” ministry of defence spokesman Daulat Waziri said.

Afghan counterintelligence officials have already compiled lists of soldiers with ties to Pakistan. In some parts of the country, soldiers on the list have been told: Move or leave the army.

“We’ve told them, ‘If you can’t move your families, you’ll be kicked out,’ ” said Col. Abdul Shokor, the top Afghan counterintelligence official in the Afghan army’s 205th Corps, the Washington Postreported.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2012.

COMMENTS (25)

Insaan | 9 years ago | Reply

There should be insaniath in us human beings. Refugees are human beings and suffering too like any other Pakistani. The entire nation feels like a refugee by being so deprived and living below subnormal life style. We all need God's blessings. The ugly war was waged on both Afghanistan and Pakistan and the world powers (they too have a responsibility of dumping this war) need to provide Pakistan economic assistance big time to help with the situation. Only honest and smart leadership can see through this crisis and help the nation get through this. God Bless Pakistan and its refugees!

Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

@IndiKid: India with its $1.8 Trillion economy and 1.2 Billion population is hosting 20k Afghans If I believe your estimates and Pakistan hosted over 5 Million Afghans with having 1.6 billion IMF given, foreign reserves, and you come here telling us you don't talk about them?? I have to applaud you for that & I hope you have learned enough maths skills to differentiate between 20,000 & 5,000,000. The Ummah concept is only used by those who are short sighted and are brainwashed by those few right wing politicians who roam around in luxury cars bought with the Saudi and Gulf countries money.

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