Noor sees no end to political turmoil
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Despite the presence of foreign troops and billions of dollars in foreign aid, Afghanistan has been passing through a political turmoil and instability over the past one decade, the governor of northern Balkh province said on Thursday.
Atta Mohammad Noor was addressing a gathering marking Afghanistan's 92nd Independence Day in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh.High-ranking officials, ISAF commanders, diplomats and tribal elders were in attendance.
"Power-hungry politicians, the continuing insurgency and interference from neighbouring countries are hindering Afghanistan's economic development," the governor said, claiming foreign aid had not been used honestly.
Officials admit that some problems are related to the security situation, but they claim to have the potential and ability to prevent terrorist attacks in the northern zone.
The 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander, Gen. Zalmay Wesa, told the audience the Afghan army and police had the ability to deal with any untoward situation with the help of foreign troops.He said they would not hesitate to take extreme steps to maintain security in government-controlled areas.
In his address, the 303rd Pamir Zone police commander, Gen. Baba Jab, accused neighbours of interference in Afghanistan. He said they would not allow rebels to carry out their activities.
On the occasion, schoolchildren sang national songs and anthem. Afghanistan, which has never been part of the British Empire, celebrates the day to commemorate the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted it independence.
Britons fought three wars in Afghanistan. The First Anglo-Afghan War, 1839-1839, led to the massacre of the entire British invading force in Jalalabad.
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