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Parliamentary team lauds progress in Helmand

Parliamentary team lauds progress in Helmand

Dec 13, 2011 - 14:36

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): A 15-member parliamentary delegation visited Marja and Nad Ali districts of southern Helmand province, lauding local officials for development works in the towns ahead of the security transition, the governor's office said on Tuesday.

Members of Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon (upper house) and Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (lower house) praised the provincial authorities supported the ongoing process of security transition from the international troops to Afghan forces in Helmand.

First Deputy Chairman of Meshrano Jirga, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, said the objective behind their visit was to assess the current situation in the province and speak with local officials on issues, including security and reconstructioninfo-icon.

He acknowledged the progress made on security and reconstructions fronts over the past three years. Poppy cultivation had also considerably decreased in the province, the worldinfo-icon's largest opium-producing region, he said.

As a result of strong coordination among security forces, more progress would be witnessed in the province, hoped Ezedyar, while speaking on behalf of the visiting delegation.

The team was comprised of Abdul Wadood Popal, Shaikh Niamatullah Ghafari, Habiba Sadat, Nasima Niazai, Mir Wali Khan, Nadir khan Katawazai, Gul Pacha Mujaddedi, Ibrahim Ghakhtalai, Alam Ezedyar, Abdul Wali Raje, Bashir Ahmad Samim, Khaliqdad Balaghi, Mahmud Danishjo, Niamatullah Popal and Abdul Wahid Sultanzoi.

The legislators met Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, security officials and representatives of NATOinfo-icon-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon), besides visiting historical sites.



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