Hundreds of Afghan national police service members have not received their monthly wages during the past five months in eastern Nuristan province, local officials said.

The main reason behind the delay to pay the Afghan police forces in this province is unknown and the Afghan officials vowed to start an investigation in this regard.

A number of the Afghan police service members who have not received their salaries said they are facing critical financial problems and said that they will be forced to leave their jobs if they do not receive their monthly wages.

This comes as there are mounting concerns over the growing influence of the Taliban militants in eastern Nuristan province.

According to Afghan officials around 500 Afghan rapid reaction police forces have not received their monthly salaries during the past 5 months.

A member of the Afghan rapdi reaction police forces Abdul Basir said, it has been four to five months that the Afghan police forces have not received their salaires.

Another Afghan police service member Khushal said, majority of his mates left their jobs while some of his other colleagues had to stay inside the police base due to the lack of money to pay for their journey to their homes.

Provincial governor for eastern Nuristan province Tamim Nursitani said Afghan police forces did not receive their wages on time due to technical problems in Afghan government institutions.

He said the government officials who used to work before he joined the office in Nuristan province are responsible for delay the monthly salary payments of the Afghan police service members.

He also added a commission was formed by him to find out the facts behind the delay.

Tamim Nuristani provincial governor said, only the Afghan rapid reaction forces which are 500 members in number, have not received their salaries due to technical issues while the remaining Afghan police forces have received their salaries.

In the meantime local officials in Nuristan province blame the former provincial police chief Shams-ur-Rahman Zahid Nuristan for being involved in delaying the salary payments of police service members in this province.

But the former provincial police chief Shams-ur-Rahman Zahid Nuristani deny the allegations against him and said all the police members received their monthly salaries while he was on duty.