Sacked AISA employees burn academic documents
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sacked staff members of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Saturday set alight their educational documents during a protest demonstration in Kabul, alleging they had been removed illegally.
Numbered around 50, the protesters were chanting “death to Mohammad Qurban Haqjo” the AISA’s head. They said lately more than 133 AISA staff had been fired illegally.
Abdul Satar Alokozai, who earlier worked at AISA office in Herat province, said Haqjo, the new AISA head, had sacked them illegally and on the pretext of a declining AISA budget.
Reading a resolution from the sacked employees, he said: “We, the removed members of this agency, ask the unity government leaders to take immediate action against the arbitrary and illegal act of AISA head Mohammad Qurban Haqjo. Attention to this case would ensure the safety for civil servants and prevent such politicised treatment of staff in other departments.”
They called for the AISA decision to be reconsidered forthwith, arguing the dismissal of 133 employees took place without legal and administrative standards being considered.
Abdul Sattar Alokozai said: “We were dismissed at a time when the AISA’s head increased his salary from $6,000 to $8,000, which itself is questionable given the lack of budget with the agency.”
He warned if their demands were not met, they would continue protesting. He said each of the sacked employees had 5 to 10 years work experience and university degrees.
During the protest, the sacked employees also set their academic documents ablaze.
Assadullah, another protester, said they burned their documents to show these documents had no value and all that mattered were political connections.
Abdul Qadir Zazai, a member of the Wolesi Jirga, who was present at the demonstration, announced support for the rights of the protesters, saying he would convey their grievances to the parliament.
He said it was imperative the president and the CEO should honour their promises and take measures to provide job opportunities for the youth.
AISA officials could not be reached for comment.
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