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Paktians pitch tents, want direct meeting with Ghani

Paktians pitch tents, want direct meeting with Ghani

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Jul 02, 2017 - 22:42

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Provincial council members, tribal elders, religious scholars and civil society activists on Sunday pitched protest tents in front of the provincial council office and the governor’s house against what they said President Ghani’s failure to deliver on his promises.

The demonstrators during a gathering on the Kabul-Gardez highway in Gardez, the provincial capital, criticized President Ashraf Ghani for not delivering on election promises and neglecting Paktia in every sphere.

The protestors demanded the government construct the road between Gardez-Ghazni and Gardez-Dand-i-Patan, initiate work on Machalgho Dam, construct buildings for schools, employ Paktia’s youth, and build zonal hospitals and clinics and provide the province with electricity.

The provincial council head, Al-Amir Behramzai said Paktia residents had been ignored in political, economic and social fields and subjected to a double standard treatment.

According to him, Paktians have always stood beside the government during hardships; however they have been forgotten in terms of their rights and services.

“There has been no balance in development activities being carried out in some provinces, in Paktia nothing has been done so far. This situation is unacceptable and intolerable. We ask President Ghani to pay serious and needed attention to this province.”

A tribal elder, Khaista Jan Ahadi, the unity government had carried out no development activities in Paktia since coming to power three years back.

No attention was paid to Paktia’s cadres despite promises and pledges and they remained jobless, he argued.

“Afghanistan has embassies and consulates in 112 countries of the world, but there has been no Paktian in all these countries. And about 2,300 individuals have been sent for bachelor, master and doctorate qualifications to foreign countries but in them there was no one from Paktia.”

A civil society activist, Shafiqullah Sahar, said Paktia people were demanding immediate implementation of promises Ghani had made with Paktia residents.

According to him, Ghani was surrounded by some circles who had blocked the real voice of people from reaching the president.

“Some people arbitrarily call themselves as representatives of Pakita and they meet and cut deals with Ghani and other officials.”

The protestors vowed to continue their protest until the central government sent an authorized delegation to pave their way for a face-to-face meeting with President Ghani.

They said if their demands were not seriously addressed, besides blocking the Gardez-Kabul commercial route, they would conduct other civil movements.

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