Ex-fighters in Sar-i-Pul promised jobs
SAR-I-PUL (PAN): An amount of more than $10 million has been set aside to provide work opportunities to surrendering militants in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Saturday.
Syed Fazil Razaee, the province peace committee secretary, told Pajhwok Afghan News that development projects would be initiated in areas where insurgents had joined the peace parleys.
The projects estimated to cost $3 were being implemented in villages, he said. The schemes included roads, mosques, bridges, drinking water, canals, education, vocational training and artificial body parts for people with disabilities, he said.
Sar-i-Pul Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati confirmed that $10 million had been granted to the province. Proposals for the schemes had been prepared in consultation with local councils.
Mullah Shakoor, who joined the peace process three months ago, said if the money was spent for what it had been allocated, most of problems facing residents could be resolved.
More than 500 militants have so far joined the peace process in the province and have registered themselves with the provincial peace committee.
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