Would not allow creation of private militias: Governor
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The government, needing support from the people, would not allow anybody to raise irresponsible tribal militia in the eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said on Friday.
During the inaugural ceremony for the Kunar Tribal Shura in Jalalabad, the Nangarhar capital, Governor Saleem Khan Kunduzi said public support was important for maintaining peace.
The government could appoint police for the security of each house, he argued, alleging enemies of the country wanted to introduce Islam to the world as a religion of cruelty and thereby bring a bad name to their faith.
Hundreds of religious scholars, tribal elders, officials and Kunari people participated in the inaugural gathering. Wolesi Jirga member from Nangarhar Faridoon Momand accused the militants of killing Afghans over the past 40 years.
Foreigners cannot bring peace to the country, a task that could be better done by tribes, the public representative believed, calling for solid national unity to deal with different challenges.
On behalf of Kunar residents, Haji Roohullah Wakeel said many families from the eastern province were living in Nangarhar in peace with the locals. Their peaceful coexistence would continue, he hoped.
“Nangarhar is our leadership house, so we respect the tribes of the province,” he said, adding the Kunaris residing in the province would jointly struggle for maintaining peace.
The Kunar shura is not a political entity, but a tribal council that works for peace in eastern provinces.
In a resolution, the Shura promised work in accordance with laws of the land, working for achieving rights of the Kunar people and promoting the national interest. Wakeel was chosen as head of the shura.
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