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Govt has forced me into begging: Sacked policeman

Govt has forced me into begging: Sacked policeman

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May 16, 2017 - 15:13

SHARAN (Pajhwok): A policeman in southeastern Paktika province, who was recently fired, blames the government for forcing him to beg. He has losr two brothers defending the country.

Sirajuddin, a resident of the Sigani area of Kherkot district, told Pajhwok Afghan News, he said: “My brothers and I joined police ranks a few years ago, when no one was interested in such jobs.”

The 35-year-old said he and his brothers had participated in dozens of battles against militants. The operations were aimed to improve the security situation in the province.

“I lost two of my brothers in this fight. I myself was twice injured in such engagements. Now I have to feed the orphans and widows of my brothers, though my financial situation is very poor,” he complained.

Sirajuddin said he was the only breadwinner and caretaker of his 18-member family. His house was torched by Talibaninfo-icon on the charge of serving in police ranks.

“The government, instead of assisting me and help my orphaned nephews and nieces, has fired me for age-related reasons. and The authorities say I cannot work as a policeman,” he explained.

“I’m not that old, but look frail because of suffering,” he said, adding he and his family would be obliged to beg if the government did not reinstate him. Apparently shell-shocked, the ex-cop spoke reservedly.

Deputy police chief Col. Dadullah Khan Hotak confirmed Sirajuddin had been sacked due to old age. The former policeman would be offered a job in the Afghan Local Police (ALP) ranks in the near future, he promised.

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