Responsibility for border security to shift from Interior Ministry to Defence
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Dec. 2 that the Ministry of Defense was taking on a greater role for the security of Afghanistan’s borders. Previously, border security was the exclusive responsibility of the Ministry of Interior, carried out by the Afghan Border Police. With the creation of the new Afghan Border Force, the task of securing the border outside of official entry and exit points will now pass to the Ministry of Defence.
4 Dec 2017
KABUL, Afghanistan (December 4, 2017) – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defence is taking on a greater role in the security of the country’s borders, President Ashraf Ghani has announced.
The creation of the new Afghan Border Force means the task of securing the border outside of official entry and exit points will now pass to the Ministry of Defence. Previously, border security was the exclusive responsibility of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), carried out by the Afghan Border Police.
The transfer of forces and change of responsibilities from Border Police to a Border Force, announced on Dec. 2, is an important part of Afghanistan’s strategy to increasingly professionalize the military and police as national institutions. The transfer enables police with the MoI to focus on rule of law and law enforcement duties at official border control points and airports.
The new Afghan Border Force will protect and secure the national border outside of the controlled border crossings, including to interdict human trafficking, smuggling and other illegal activities, intercept insurgents crossing the border, and provide the Border Police with force protection support.
President Ashraf Ghani rallied the large group of security forces in attendance at a ceremony marking the transfer, applauding their bravery and sacrifices.
"It is because of the Afghan forces’ true fight and sacrifice that we are winning today,” President Ghani said.
General John Nicholson, Resolute Support commander, acknowledged the sacrifices security forces have made, and thanked them for their continuing will to fight and to make Afghanistan safer and more secure.
"The entire international community is with you,” Nicholson said. "Afghanistan deserves security and lasting peace.”
The transfer process begins immediately and will continue in a phased approach through March, 2018.