Paktika security relatively good, claims governor
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The Paktika governor on Thursday claimed the security environment in his province was relatively good, saying several districts would have fallen to the Taliban without public cooperation with his administration.
Speaking to residents during his maiden visit to Mata Khan district, Governor Amin Shariq acknowledged cooperation from the people in maintaining security. “A number of districts would have collapsed, if the masses had not helped us.”
He assured the residents of all-out efforts to develop the district in terms of security, economic prosperity and education. He said the security in Paktika was better than other provinces.
But at times, Shariq added, militants sneaked into the province from Ghazni and Paktia, causing problems -- an issue that he promised to tackle on a priority basis.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Ali Mast Mohmand also praised cooperation from the people in strengthening security in Paktika. He asked the residents to contact police in case of witnessing suspicious activity in their areas.
Musa Jan, a tribal elder, said unity among tribes helped keep the security situation under control. However, he complained: “The previous government did not pay enough attention to the reconstruction, economic, educational and agricultural uplift of the province.”
Senior officials received kickbacks even on projects that were approved and funded by Americans in the province, bordering Pakistan, he alleged. However, he stopped short of naming those officials.
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