Sar-i-Pul governor may be replacedBy Yaqub Ali Madani Feb 12, 2012 - 18:27
SAR-I-PUL (PAN): During a visit to the northern province, a parliamentary delegation on Sunday promised the replacement of the Sar-i-Pul governor. Residents protested against the official in December.
On February 5, an angry mob set ablaze several rooms of the governor’s office after a protest turned violent. The protestors demanded action against the governor’s guard who had allegedly raped a girl.
Security forces opened fire at the crowd, killing one person and injuring nine others, according to a witness who did not want to be named. The protestors also asked Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati to resign.
The demonstrators passed a resolution, calling for the governor’s dismissal and prosecution of the alleged rapist. However, Rahmati said abusing the woman was his guard's personal issue. "I have no connection with it," the governor said, adding he would accept whatever decision was taken against his guard by the court.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, a member of the Wolesi Jirga delegation, Maulvi Habib Rahman, said President Hamid Karzai had promised calling the governor to Kabul. He added Karzai held out the promise after they submitted their report to him.
One of the protestors, Syed Hisamuddin, said the team had assured them that the the governor would be replaced within four days. But the governor said he was yet to receive any orders from the central government.