New governors assume office, pledge better security
MAHMOOD RAQI/CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Newly-appointed governors for central Kapisa and Parwan provinces assumed office on Saturday, officials said.
An introduction ceremony for the Kapisa governor was held in Mahmood Raqi. IDLG deputy chief Nadir Yama, public representatives and tribal elders were in attendance.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Syed Mohammad Khalid Hashimi identified the eradication of administrative graft, an all-out war on drugs and enforcing rule of law as top priorities.
Tribal elders and local people would be consulted next week on ways of strengthening security in Kapisa, the governor said. “I will use all my energy and ability to measure up to the confidence the president has reposed in me.”
Wolesi Jirga member Eng. Mohammad Iqbal told participants of the ceremony he expected the new governor to focus on introducing good governance. “We are ready to cooperate with him in this regard.”
Also on Saturday, Parwan Governor Eng. Asim was introduced to provincial government officials at a gathering in Charikar. Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, Yama, ex-governor Basir Salangi, Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar and others were present.
Mohaqiq praised Asim as an experienced and professional individual, who had been appointed by the president on merit. He hoped the governor would demonstrate complete integrity in discharging his obligations.
Eng. Asim thanked the president for reposing trust in him. He pledged sincere efforts at maintaining security in the important province in consultation with the people, promoting reconciliation and ensuring Parwan’s reconstruction.
In his remarks, Basir Salangi enumerated the achievements of his government. The outgoing governor said his administration had implemented reconstruction projects worth $480 million over the past six years.
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