Marawara elders back govt policies, programmes
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): The residents of Marawara district of eastern Kunar province on Tuesday held a huge gathering in the provincial capital, voicing support for the unity government’s policies and programmes.
Tribal elders, who addressed the gathering in Asadabad, stressed people’s role in strengthening security and maintaining peace, said Ghani Musammim, the governor’s spokesman.
The gathering was also addressed by the provincial Tribal Affairs Director, Dost Mohammad Mamond, who said the Manond tribe living on both sides of the Durand Line had long been facing numerous problems.
He said the Mamond tribe had been neglected over the past 14 years and asked the government to pay special attention to multifaceted reconstruction of the Marawara district.
He said the people of Marawara district had been cooperative with the government in maintaining security, peace and countering narcotics.
Tribal elders, who spoke on the occasion, said the security situation in the Marawara district had deteriorated creating hurdles for development, peace and stability.
Tribal elder Hazrat Rahman said: “The Mamond tribe is united and wants other tribes to strike unity in their ranks.” He urged the government to deliver on its promise to construct a canal in the district. He said the government had made the promise five years ago, but was yet to honour it.
“The government besides the canal should also reconstruct the road until the Ghaki Pass,” he said. The pass connects Kunar province with Pakistan’s tribal region of Bajaur.
Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai thanked the people of Marawara for their cooperation with the government and urged them to work for peace by inviting Taliban militants to the peace process and denying them safe havens.
He assured the elders that his administration would pay special attention to the reconstruction of the town and called on them to remain cooperative with the government.
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