Pro, anti-governor demonstrations staged in Ghor
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Protest demonstrations emerged in support and against the female governor of western Ghor on Sunday.
Hundreds of people, including members of the provincial and ulema councils took to the streets against the governor, Seema Joinda, who assumed office in July.
After her appointment as governor, she had vowed to work for eliminating corruption, resolving conflicts and improving security as her priorities.
The anti-governor protestors, who emerged from the provincial council office, marched from the PC office towards the main square in Ferozkoh, the provincial capital.
The provincial council chief, Fzal Haq Ihsan, accused the governor of weak management, saying the female governor lacked the capacity to resolve people’s problems, calling for her replacement.
After the protest, hundreds of women staged a separate rally in support of the governor and marched from the governor’s office to the same square.
“Stop discrimination, we should not be deprived of our rights for the reason that we are women,” one of the civil society activists, Gul Paida, said.
She said the governor took charge only a few months ago and all the problems could not be resolved in a short period of time.
Interesting, nearly 1000 youth including schoolteachers, students and shopkeepers started marching towards the square from the main mosque.
“It is war everywhere in the country. A clash between Taliban and security forces is ongoing in Dolina district and the provincial council is doing nothing but facilitating the enemies,” a civil society activist, Satar Sanjar, said.
He accused some members of the provincial council and local commanders of grabbing land near the river and in other areas, but when the governor prevented them from illegal occupation of lands, they started protesting against her, he said.
Governor Seema Joinda said the people protesting against her had been against her appointment.
She said the leaders of the protest had made illegal demands on her but she refused because their demands were against the law.
“My message is that a woman can manage and implement the law. If remain in power for a single day, I would never vow to any pressure,” she said.
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