KANDAHAR - Border police commander for the southern region, Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq, took charge as new police chief for Kandahar province on Sunday. Replacing the slain police chief, Khan Mohammad Mujahid, Raziq assumed charge at a ceremony at the governor's house.
The ceremony was attended by foreign and Afghan security officials, provincial council members, including its chief Ahmad Wali Karzai, tribal elders and religious scholars.
The 404th Maiwand Zone police commander, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Saleem Ihsas, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Raziq would also continue to work as border police commander.
He hoped Raziq would be able to improve the security situation in Kandahar City, replicating his performance in Spin Boldak as border police commander, Arghistan, Maroof and Shorabak districts.
However, he said Raziq's efforts at improving the situation would require cooperation from tribal elders and residents.
Speaking at the ceremony, Wali Karzai praised the services of Mujahid, who was killed in a suicide blast on April 15. Mujahid was a committed officer and his services would long be remembered, he said.
Karzai called Raziq's appointment a good step toward bringing peace and stability to the volatile region. The new police chief had blocked the infiltration of militants through border town over the last 10 years, he said.
He said the next four months were "very crucial" for the government with regard to security. The government wanted to take advantage of Raziq's experiences, he added.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Raziq said he had accepted the challenge and would try his best to serve the nation. He said all his acts would be in line with the law. He vowed reforms in the police department, saying he would not brook interference.
"I will try to deal with the problem of grouping in the police force. I give police a week to reform themselves and use only the resources allowed by the government. Everyone should know their limits." (Pajhwok)