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Eastern provinces declare backing to incumbent govt

Eastern provinces declare backing to incumbent govt

Dec 03, 2017 - 19:34

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of the eastern zone on Sunday held a gathering in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, lauded the achievements made by President Ashraf Ghani, and announced their support for the incumbent system.

They called the demands of convening of the traditional Loya Jirga in current situation as harmful for the country, and that the calls for Loya Jirga were only being made for serving personal interests.

The gathering, also attended by residents and tribal elders from eastern Kunar and Laghman provinces, was held at the Football Ground in Jalalabad city. The participants also raised slogans in government’s support.

The gathering asked for supporting and backing of the system instead of opposing it, adding that the government should be given suggestions for brining reforms rather than calling the Loya Jirga into session.

A tribal elder and a participant of the gathering, Haji Hayat Khan, during his speech explained the aim of the gathering was to show the nation’s support for the contemporary government machinery. They stressed that instead of opposition, the system needs to be supported in the current crisis.

“The call for Loya Jirga is foreign countries’ conspiracy aimed at damaging the Afghan nation’s traditional customs and values; because Loya Jirga is gathered based on requests from tribes, not by a handful of opposition parties and anti-government individuals.”

Another participant of the gathering, Dr. Lal Mohammad Durani, who is the deputy head of Nangarhar Provincial Council, said that the Sunday’s gathering was organized by eastern people for expressing their support to the government. “Many youth and tribal elders have attended the gathering.”

While referring to the recent anti-government gatherings in Kabul and Kandahar provinces, he said such gatherings are not in the interest of the Afghan nation and are merely aimed at consolidating personal gains and demands.

The Kunar Ulema Council member Maulvi Allah Yar Khadim also commented that those who wanted Loya Jirga called into session were foreign countries’ agents and labourers.

The gathering was also attended by youth civil society activists, who waved national flags to show their support to the government. One of them, Rana Gul Shinwari, said that the entire system cannot be declared corrupt based on views of a few people. “The entire nation supports the system.”

This comes as southern Kandahar province on Saturday witnessed a huge anti-government gathering, with many influential figures slamming the current government’s deficiencies.