Elders blame Ghormach insecurity on local officials
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Some elders from the Ghormach district of northern Faryab province on Thursday accused local officials of bad governance and held them responsible for deteriorating security in the area.
The elders, who called on First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum, lashed out at local officials and said their negligence allowed militants to stage a comeback and recapture villages and localities in Ghormach.
Dostum has been in Faryab spearheading a military offensive to eliminate Taliban and purge the province from their presence.
Abdul Ghani, an elder from the district, said little attention had been paid to the town’s development during the past 14 years, with the inhabitants still lacking health, education and transportat facilities. He accused some local officials of corruption and selling weapons and ammunition belonging to security forces.
Ghani said there was no hospital in their district and they had to carry their patients and wounded family members to Afghan National Army (ANA) camps for treatment.
Another elder Mohammad Nader said they could not come out of their houses as the Taliban used to kill people for no reason. He said around 15 people had been killed recently.
The first vice-president said he had been in the province to ensure security and law and order. He said no development could take place or schools could be kept open unless security was improved.
He urged the elders to expose officials committing negligence in their duty so that he could take action against them and replace them with honest and sincere people. He assured the residents that development projects would be executed in Faryab once the anti-state actors were eliminated.
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