217 army personnel dismissed over corruption charges
LASHKARGAH: More than 200 army personnel, including officers, have been dismissed over corruption and misuse of authority and referred to judiciary for probe, 215th Maiwand Military corps commander said on Monday.
Addressing reporters in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, Maj. Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai said a strong anti-corruption campaign targeting security forces has been launched, which would help improve security situation in the province.
“I have also asked police bosses to remove individuals who are hired based on references because transparency and qualification are must for durable peace and stability. I had also talked to the president in this regard and he had assured full support in this regard,” he said.
The corps commander said in line with the government’s ceasefire decision, the military would prefer to be in defensive position.
“Now we have strong bases and check-posts and troops could not runaway like they did in the past leaving behind their weapons,” said Ahmadzai in response to a question posed by Pajhwok Afghan News.
Helmand is one of insecure provinces where six districts are fully under Taliban’s control.