New Paktika prosecutor vows to banish graft
SHARAN (PAN): A new prosecutor on Tuesday promised all-out efforts at dispensing speedy justice, enforcing rule of law and eradicating corruption from southeastern Paktika province.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the incoming prosecutor said his top priority was to implement the law and raise awareness about rule of law among people and judicial officials.
Syed Alam said he would do all he could to enhance the capacity of his staff and enable all concerned how to dispose of public-interest cases in a swift manner and address people's genuine complaints.
He pledged to follow in his predecessor Abdul Hakim Kunari's footsteps, in ensuring respect for the law and bringing its violators to justice. He vowed not to succumb to pressure from any quarter.
Alam said he was determine to eradicate the culture of nepotism and bribery from his department. "I plan public trials to educate the masses on due legal process, including dispensation of justice and punishments for different offences."
Youth Society President Mohammadullah Himmatyar, who also attended the introduction ceremony for the prosecutor, said administrative corruption remained rampant in the country.
A resident of Sharan, he hoped judicial organs would focus on their core task of ensuring justice and combating graft with an unwavering sense of professionalism.
While supporting the idea of public trials, he urged prosecutors and judges to award deterrent punishments to corrupt elements.
Another resident, Syed Gulab called the judiciary a key state institution tasked with trying different criminal cases. The judicial authorities had to play an important role in curbing corruption, he noted.
He asked the new prosecutor to focus on exposing criminals and restoring public confidence in the government's writ. The objective could be achieved if all people were treated equally and according to the law, he believed.
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