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Policy to Legalize Illegal Armed Men Approved in Principle

Policy to Legalize Illegal  Armed Men Approved in Principle

KABUL - The National Security Council (NSC) has approved in principle the policy of legalizing illegal armed men and groups, a statement said on Monday.
The statement from the NSC received by Pajhwok Afghan News said a security meeting was held Sunday evening under leadership of National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib at the NSC office.
The meeting, attended by members of the security and defense sectors, also discussed security situation in Ghazni, Faryab, Nangarhar and Farah provinces.
The statement said the security sector ministers presented their reports about their achievements, security plans, security threats, operations and security preparations for improving the situation to the meeting.
Increase in civilian casualties and their factors were also discussed in the meeting that emphasized on prevention of civilian losses, the source said.
Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG) in a recent report said that around 450 civilians suffered casualties last month alone.
National Security Advisor  Hamdullah Mohib praised Afghan security forces for their struggle against the enemies of Afghanistan and stressed on further coordination among defense and security foundations.
The NSC statement said the meeting also discussed the policy to legalize illegal armed men and groups and finally approved it in principle after discussions and exchange of views on the issue.
The policy would be presented again to another NSC meeting for a final approval.
Malicious activities against the government and ordinary people have recently increased by illegal armed groups and the government has also taken some steps for controlling them.
The government recently arrested illegal commanders in Faryab, Uruzgan and Farah provinces.
The latest arrest of an illegal commander by Afghan forces took place in Takhar province on Sunday.
A few days earlier, another illegal commander from Maidan Wardak province was detained but was released later on guarantee. (Pajhwok)