Kunduz residents praise provincial council role
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of northeastern Kunduz province have registered around 500 complaints about growing insecurity specifically militants’ highhandedness and inefficiency of judiciary, provincial council officials said on Saturday.
The provincial council election results of the April 5 ballot were announced in November 2014. After the elections result, the parliament decided to curtail role of provincial council regarding evaluation of performance of local departments and let them only to advise local officials.
However, provincial council members opposed the parliament’s step and as a protest they closed the councils’ offices for a month.
After getting back the powers, Kunduz provincial council members said that they evaluated performance of local departments and complaints of hundreds of people were referred to the council’s office.
Mohammad Yousuf Ayubi, provincial council head, told Pajhwok Afghan News his office addressed more than 500 complaints of people from Imam Sahib, Dasht-i-Archi, Chahardara, Khanabad, Aliabad and Qala-i-Zal district.
Most of the complaints, he said were related to insecurity, emergence of militants in rural areas, project implementations, tribal disputes, judicial and other issues.
He added the complaints were addressed in shortest possible time. He said that they also attracted attention of officials to tackle corruption in some offices in the province after evaluation of departments by the council.
Ayubi did not reveal the names of the departments accused of corruption but said that all provinces had corruption problem.
Referring to insecurity, Ayubi said: “Security situation has worsened and the departments concerned should adopt measures for bolstering security.”
The provincial council deputy head Amruddin Wali said that lack of coordination among their office and government departments had caused rebels to accelerate their activities in the province.
He said a large number of people were displaced as a result of deteriorated law and order but the government did not have a clear plan to ensure peace and stability.
Insecurity continue to haunt several areas, including Chahardara, Imam Sahib and Dasht-i-Archi districts where a thousand security forces launched operation and pushed Taliban back.
According to local officials, 200 insurgents and 20 security personnel were so far killed and 220 civilians injured, another 16,000 civilians displaced as a result of insecurity in Kunduz.
“We build pressure on government to address people’s problems. We will our struggle to resolve problems being faced by people of the area,” Wali said.
Sayedullah, a displaced person from Chahardara district, said provincial council officials had met them and promised to help them repatriate to their hometown soon.
He acknowledged provincial council had extended all out cooperation to the people to tackle their problems.
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