Zia Massoud pledges better security
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Vice-presidential hopefuls Ahmad Zia Massoud and Abdul Wahab Irfan on Wednesday promised residents of northern Takhar province they would restore peace and introduce Shariah if they succeeded in the upcoming elections.
Massoud, Zalmai Rassoul’s candidate for VP, told hundreds of supporters at an election rally in Taloqan insecurity was a major impediment to Afghanistan’s economic progress and prosperity.
He said if his team won next month’s elections, it would bring peace and stability to the country within 18 months. Afghan National Army (ANA) and police would be equipped with latest heavy weapons and families of martyrs compensated, he added.
Mahmood Karzai, a brother of President Hamid Karzai, promised to attract investment to the province to boost agriculture and energy sectors.
Also on Wednesday, Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf’s candidate for the VP slot, Abdul Wahab Irfan, told a similar public meeting he would enforce peace in the country. He said corruption would be eradicated and a proper system Zakat put in place.
Provincial council member Qazi Kabir Murzban, also a former jihadi commander and governor of Takhar, declared support to Sayyaf.
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