Parwan residents pin many hopes on new president
They also called for the incoming head of state to pay due heed to boosting the local economy, eliminate graft from provincial government departments and bringing the corrupt to justice.
As a result of the prolonged presidential election process, Afghanistan's economic and security challenges have multiplied. Subsequently, concerns among people are mounting.
Parwan dwellers hope with the culmination of the election process, the next president will be sworn in as part of the first peaceful democratic transfer of power in the country’s history.
The incoming leader would take effective measures to resolve people's problems and grapple successfully with the challenges facing Afghanistan.
Syed Rasul Hofyani, a student of the Journalism Faculty at the University of Parwan, told Pajhwok Afghan News: "May message to the future president is: homeland security, justice and war on corruption.”
He also suggested strict adherence to merit and an end to warlordism for putting Afghanistan on the road to lasting peace and political stability. Coming from Hofyan village, the student stressed the long-suffering masses richly deserved relief.
Another resident of Jabalus Saraj district, Ahmad Bilal, asked the new head of state that the economy needed immediate attention. The 40-year-old peasant said: "The president should consider our economic woes and alleviate our poverty.”
He urged the new leader to address the issues of injustice and backwardness besides taking deterrent action against those involved in graft. “We hope he will realise and resolve the farmers’ problems.”
Imam Jan from the Bayazid area of Bagram district said: "The new president will have to provide security, justice and education besides developing agriculture. If he takes into account the wellbeing of all people, his administration will encounter no problems.”
Hailing from Siahgird district, Qand Agha underlined the need for beefing up security. A driver by profession, the 30-year-old said the people were really fed up with decades of war and mayhem.
Insecurity in different parts of the country had been taking a heavy toll on education, reconstruction and agriculture, he explained, saying they needed protection.
Shopkeeper Juma Gul, belonging to Koh-i-Safi district, hoped: “Our new president will certainly take steps to eradicate poverty from the area we are living in.”
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