Some civil society activists out to fuel anarchy: Khost elders
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Some civil society groups are trying to challenge the government writ and create problems for the people in the garb of an anti-graft campaign, elder in southeastern Khost province alleged on Friday.
The local elders, who are also active civil society members, gathered in office of Abdul Wali Wahedzai, a member of the provincial council, in Khost City to warn certain elements against trying to fuel anarchy in Khost.
On March 24, some provincial council members accused the governor of incompetency and administrative corruption. Led by two lawmakers Humayun and Kamal Nasir Osuli, they called for the provincial leadership to be replaced.
A lower house member from Khost, Osuli claimed corruption had reached its height in many provincial departments, including judiciary, due to interferences from some senior government officials.
One of the elders shot back at the governor’s critics and said they had pitched tents near the office complex -- an act that might trigger protests and demonstrations.
Mohammad Qayum Khan conceded it was the constitutional right of every citizen to stand against corruption. But such protests should neither violate democratic norms nor spawn difficulties for the masses, he argued.
Maulvi Nasrullah Qasimi, a local religious leader, insisted the MPs had initiated a campaign against the provincial authorities to serve their own vested interest. “They are seeking reelection to the Wolesi Jirga but have lost public support.”
Wahidzai, provincial council member, said he and his supporters would never participate in any civil society activity that could be counterproductive or damage unity among Khost residents.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Governors’ Association said in a statement that propaganda had recently been launched in certain provinces against senior officials. All campaigns based on selective, regionalist and group interests were against democracy, it added.
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