Zurmat district chief accused of illegal acts
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Some residents on Thursday accused the administrative chief of Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province of his involvement in corruption and other illegal activities.
Noorullah, the tribal council chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the district chief, Kaftan Akhlas, had demanded one million afghanis from him in return for allowing him to construct a market in the town’s bazaar.
The elder said he had paid the official 700,000 afghanis and provided a guarantee for the remaining sum. But he had to delay payment of the remaining amount, prompting the district chief to beat him before sending him jail, the elder said. He said he got one his arms broken when he was being beaten.
Another elder, Bazak Khan, also accused the district of chief of his involvement in illegal activities. He said the district chief should be removed and referred to the judicial organs.
“The district chief has always mistreated elders and others. His acts widen the gap between the people and the government,” he said.
But Akhlas strongly rejected the allegations against him, saying some people had started efforts to get him removed.
“I have neither accepted bribes from someone nor have imprisoned anybody. There are some people who are conspiring against me.”
The deputy governor, Abdul Wali, told Pajhwok Afghan News the allegations against the district chief were being investigated.
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