In Nangarhar, return of the old guard
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Of the 19 provincial council election winners in eastern Nangarhar province, 11 are relatives of public representatives and other high-ranking government officials.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the provincial council election results on Oct 25, declaring 19 provincial candidates from Nangarhar successful.
Ahmad Ali is a son of Wolesi Jirga member Hazrat Ali, Shams Rahman Muslimyar a brother of Abdul Hadi Muslimyar, Meshrano Jirga chairman, and Israrullah Murad a brother of former jihadi commander Ibrarullah Murad.
Similarly, Iftikhar Momand is a brother of another Wolesi Jirga member Faridoon Momand. Suhrab Qadiri is a son of former jihadi leader Qadiri, Dr. Nasar Kamawal a close friend of Wolesi Jirga member Amir Khan Yar and Javed Zaman a son of former jihadi commander Mohammad Zaman Ghamsharik.
Ashab Wali Muslim is a son of Haji Hamisha Gul, the Dur Baba district chief, Abdul Qahar Qadir, a brother of lawmaker Abdul Zahir Qadir, Obaidullah Shinwari a cousin of a legislator and Habiba Kakar, the spouse of Sherzad district chief Malim Mashooq.
Lutfullah Baba, Angiza Shinwari, Zabihullah Zmarai, Javid Zaman, Lal Mohammad Durrani, Nilofar Aziz and Iftikhar Momand were former provincial council members.
A failed candidates and a large number of residents claimed those who had found their way to the provincial council were either involved in giving bribes or had linked with powerful government officials.
An unsuccessful candidate, Malim Mali, told Pajhwok Afghan News most of the winners were relatives of senior officials and former jihadi leaders.
“We cannot succeed as long as these powerful individuals are there,” he remarked, predicting the winners would not pay attention to the problems of people. Instead they would look for plundering state resources and gobbling up people’s money.
A female provincial council winner, who did not wish to be named, said she was dissatisfied from the results. “I did not have money but struggled for my success. The new provincial council members will not resolve public problems.”
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