KABUL - The Afghan government has taken overall responsibility for the training of the Afghan Border Police (ABP) from the US military, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
The handover of Afghan border police training mission comes as concerns mount over Green on Blue attacks.
Last month, the US forces suspended the training mission for the Afghan Local Police to reduce the risk of the insider threats.
The core responsibility of the border police is to protect the troubled Afghan borders, particularly in the volatile Af-Pak region and prevent narco-trade.
Speaking in a border police graduation ceremony, Coordinating Director for Rule of Law and Law Enforcement at the US Embassy in Kabul, Stephen G. McFarland, said that the border police force will have a major task to prevent insurgents, narcotics and explosives entering Afghanistan.
"There are several challenges that the graduates of this course are going to face; the first is trying to reinforce security on the border so that the terrorist cannot cross and so that materials for making bombs are detected," McFarland said.
The Afghan Deputy Interior Minister, Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, said the threat of drug smuggling and cross-border attacks would remain a huge challenge for his forces.
It comes as the newly-appointed Interior Minister Gen. Mujtaba Patang said that he would put more forces alongside the eastern borders to prevent the cross-border shelling.
The issue or Pakistan's cross border shelling was also conveyed to the United Nations Security Council as the Afghan senators and Lawmakers urged the Security Council to take necessary actions to prevent such attacks. (Tolo News)