Helmand residents call for early judicial reforms
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Helmand province on Sunday demanded immediate reforms in the judiciary department, saying without reforms and eradication of corruption, the law and order situation would not improve.
Addressing a gathering, tribal elder Ali Shah Khan asked the central government to pay proper attention to the performance of provincial authorities. He demanded punishment for irresponsible officials and the appointment of patriotic and sincere individuals to key posts.
He said corruption and injustices were behind growing insecurity in the restive province. He believed without reforms in the judicial sector, no other departments could improve.
Mohammad Sharif Azimi, the head of a tribal union, said most criminals could not be punished due to corruption in the judiciary, thus the government’s failure to reduce crimes.
He accused the provincial government of incompetency and complained no major change had come after formation of the unity government.
Bost Hospital chief Dr. Nisar Ahmad alleged government officials had hand in his son’s kidnapping. He said none of the kidnappers could be punished except the one who was sentenced to five years in jail.
He said Helmand was the most dangerous province in the country, with corrupt officials hijacking the judiciary and security institutions.
Magistrate Maulvi Akhtar Mohammad said individuals involved in Dr. Nisar’s son abduction had been sentenced up to 15 years in jail. He recalled the court acquitted some accused for the lack of evidence and rejected corruption allegations against the judiciary.
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