Kandahar PC holds maiden session after strike
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The provincial council (PC) of southern Kandahar province on Monday held its maiden session after calling off a weeks-long strike.
Provincial councils on Sunday called off a strike they had been observing since January 18 when the Wolesi Jirga barred them from monitoring the performance of local departments by amending the law on provincial councils.
But on Sunday, the public representatives said they had received a presidential decree reinstating their oversight authority, and thus ending their strike.
Haji Syed Jan Khakrezwal, the Kandahar PC chief, said people across the country were happy over the restoration of PCs’ oversight role.
Based on the right, he said, they would review and monitor the performance of provincial and local bodies with honesty and in accordance with the law.
In their maiden meeting, the Kandahar PC members discussed and condemned a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report that accused Kandahar police chief of human rights violations.
One of them, Zarghona Kakar, said those serving their people and society were accused of crimes instead of appreciating them.
She said the Kandahar police chief had been fighting against militants to provide security to people and defend the country.
At the end of the session, prayers were offered for the soul of late Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, a former first vice president, on his first death anniversary.
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