Mobile phone searches raise concerns among Kabul residents – Pajhwok Afghan News
Mobile phone searches cause concern for Kabul residents
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of Kabul complain that gunmen linked to the government recently checked their cell phones, violating their privacy. Concerned about unjustified controls, they claim that this practice amounts to a violation of human rights and respect for their privacy. Several people from different parts of the capital told Pajhwok Afghan News that gunmen informed them that their smartphones would be checked. But a senior government official said security forces were prohibited from looking into people’s cell phones or harassing citizens. But in some cases, the official said, intelligence agents could have done so on the basis of denunciations. He promised the end of the practice.
Do not infringe on our privacy: Citizens
Shakib, from Kabul in Baharistan and studying at a private higher education institute, said: “A few days ago I was driving home in a vehicle. “Security forces stopped the car in Baharistan and said my phone would be checked,” he said, calling the action a violation of human rights and Islamic laws. “They thoroughly searched my cell phone but found nothing objectionable. Then they asked me to open the photo gallery. They saw the photos of my family. Shakib recalled,“ They asked me who these photos belonged to. I said they were members of my family. They harassed me a lot and tried to keep my cell phone. But after I deleted the photos, they gave me my phone back. “He described phones as a private device and no law allowed anyone to view people’s confidential information. Shakib insisted that monitoring cell phones for no reason violated Islamic principles and human rights. He urged the authorities to end the practice. A resident of Dasht-i- Barchi neighborhood, who did not wish being named, also lambasted the searches. He notably denounced the search of the youngster and claimed that he had stopped carrying his cell phone. arrested me and took my cell phone. They asked me to turn it on. . As he wanted to argue with them, the guards shouted at him to open his phone. The young man said he was forced to open it out of fear. “When I opened my phone, they clicked on WhatsApp and heard messages I interacted with . parents, then I checked my Facebook account and my contact numbers. “After opening the gallery, they also saw photos and heard songs. They angrily retorted that such things are prohibited, why did you store them in your cell phone? Zarif Kakar, from the Khair Khan region, said two attempts had been made in the past three weeks to search his cell phone. Fortunately, his family was with him and he escaped a physical or telephone search. Kakar accused the security forces, who asked about photos, videos, Facebook, WhatsApp and contacts, of trying to punish people, especially young people. Qudratullah, a resident of the 15e Kabul Police District, said he was walking around the Arab town with friends last week when three security officers searched them. He remarked: “The cell phone is like home. No one has the right to check my files, but these three people have checked all of my phones. They left because our cell phones didn’t have what they were looking for. Cleric Qazi Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, speaking to Pajhwok, agreed that spying on people was not allowed. “A cell phone is like his home in terms of privacy, which cannot be breached without a court order,” he said. Haqyar believed that the relevant department could monitor the phone calls and conversations of the suspects using telecommunications technology. Storing a photo in a cell phone was a necessity, he added. Wadir Safi, a lawyer, said no one, including the security forces, reserved the right to search or confiscate citizens’ phones. Safi asked people not to allow intrusive things and to call emergency numbers to file complaints if they encounter such a situation. Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the interim government, admitted that security forces were prohibited from examining cell phones or harassing citizens. In some cases, intelligence agents could have searched the phones of certain suspects on the basis of intelligence. However, he said, this had not happened to all citizens. He added: “The Mujahedin in the Islamic Emirate are not doing this; but the name of the Mujahedin may have been brought up, and those facing such problems should notify the authorities to prevent it.” He claimed that many men, who harassed people, had been arrested and that efforts were being made to crack down on these impostors. his / mud