Uruzganis ask new prez to alleviate poverty
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Residents have urged the next president to strengthen peace, security and develop education and agriculture besides initiating reconstruction projects to alleviate poverty in central Uruzgan province.
The April 5 presidential election did not produce a clear winner among the eight candidates, triggering a runoff race on June 14 between the two leading runners.
However, final results from the second round are yet to be declared owing to persisting differences between the two campaigns.
The first round put presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in the lead and his rival Ashraf Ghani was declared winner in the runoff, but the former has rejected the preliminary results.
Currently, the two candidates are under foreign pressure to form a national unity government they had agreed to under a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Uruzgan residents say they expect the next president would initiate a number of efforts at strengthening peace, security and developing various sectors in the province.
They lament no considerable development project could be executed in Uruzgan over the past 13 years and they expect the new president would remove their frustration in this regard.
Tribal elder Haji Abdul Bari Bawar told Pajhwok Afghan News that if the new president followed in the incumbent president’s footsteps, Uruzgan residents should not expect development activities from him.
He said the upcoming leader should carry out fundamental projects and should focus on peace and security because other development activities were not possible in their absence.
The elder said the new government should construct dams, roads and find market for agriculture products in Uruzgan.
Civil society activist Najibullah told Pajhwok Afghan News that their demand from the new president was enabling the youth to have access to education and bringing about drastic reforms in the education sector.
He said bringing peace and stability should also be among the new president’s top priorities. He believed no development activity could be launched in the province in the absence of peace and security.
A youth, Hamidullah, said a standard university should be established in order the youth could pursue higher studies.
He claimed students of other provinces benefitted from foreign education scholarships meant for Uruzgan students. “It is a great injustice,” he said.
Noor Agha, a resident of Chora district, urged the incoming leader to concentrate on peace and reconciliation. He said the peace process should be Afghan-led and the Afghans should resolve their internal problems themselves.
Babu, a resident of the Talani area of Tirinkot, the provincial capital, urged the next president to pay attention to women’s current situation and resolve their problems.
She alleged no remarkable work had been done to empower women in Uruzgan over the past 13 years and a handful of individuals had usurped the rights of females.
She complained violence against women had increased in Uruzgan, where poverty, employment and giving girls in marriage to settle disputes had made their lives miserable.
Shafiqa, another female, said women lacked access to market for their handicrafts. She asked the new president to help women find a market for their products and assist them in bolstering their businesses.
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