Nangarharis seek ban on celebratory fire
JALALABAD (PAN): Residents of the provincial capital and districts of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday expressed concerns at the rising trend of celebratory fire, demanding a check on the harmful practice.
The locals complained each night they heard gunfire at wedding celebrations but the administration did not bother to control the situation.
However, provincial police officials insisted they were working out a strategy for controlling celebratory firing.
Inamullah, a resident of Jalalabad city, said: “Most of the time, when we hear such gunshots we assume that clashes are erupted again. A woman died when hit by a stray bullet.”
He demanded the government should take steps to prevent fire that cost human lives.
Fazal Ghani, another resident of Behsud district, alleged a police official resorted to firing at a wedding party some days back.
The government should ban such firing, he suggested, asking the departments concerned to launch a campaign to detain people violating the ban.
Angiza Shinwari, a provincial council member, said gunshots could be heard in the provincial capital and remote areas alike.
“The government should work out a comprehensive plan to ban fire at wedding ceremonies because it negatively affects our children’s mindset,” Angiza argued.
Syed Rahman Hashmi, professor of psychology at Nangarhar University, said arms fire left a negative impact on children in a country already battered by war.
A doctor at the Nangarhar hospital told Pajhwok Afghan News around nine wounded people and a dead body had been brought to his hospital over the past month, all victims of fire into the air.
Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, said he was concerned about the growing incidents of such firing. He promised the issue would be tackled.
“I have directed my subordinates to immediately approach the site where they hear such shots.” He said police had arrested some people allegedly involved in firing incidents at wedding ceremonies.
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