Precautionary measures prevent surprise events: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani talked to the 207th Zafar Military Corps commander and the governors of Herat, Farah and Badghis provinces through a video conference to assess security situation and governance.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said it was President Ghani’s first video contact with the Zafar Military Corps commander about the ongoing security situation in his region on Thursday night.
The corps commander assured that they had taken precautionary measures to prevent any possible militant threats.
It was Ghani’s second contact with Mohammad Asif Rahimi, the governor of western Herat province.
Rahimi said he had recently appointed eight district chiefs and the appointments had a positive impact on governance in the province.
He said 3,000 vacancies were subjected to open competitions in Herat and so far 1,500 people had applied for the positions.
In another part of the video conference, Mohammad Asif Nang, the governor of western Farah province, presented his report about security situation and governance to the president.
Nang said people in Farah were being encouraged to join Afghan security forces for defending their country.
The statement said Ghor governor Seema Joinda also talked to the president and assured that people of her province supported the government. But she expressed concern about poverty which she said was a major problem in the province.
Joinda asked Ghani to help the displaced families of Ghor and pay attention to development of the province.
On his turn, Jamaluddin, the governor of northern Badghis province, told the president that his administration was trying hard to provide primary civil services and job opportunities to local residents.
A delegation from Badghis would be sent to the Presidential Palace soon to discuss solutions to problems in Badghis, he said.
After hearing their reports, Ghani hailed their performance and said that government officials always needed to be appreciated when they showed honesty in their efforts, particularly in crisis.
The president welcomed the initiative of the 207th Zafar Military Corps commander and said, “precautionary measures could prevent events that catch us by surprise.”
He said the Afghans’ enemies had been planning to achieve their strategic goals this summer, but they faced strong resistance from Afghan forces who neutralized their plans.
Ghani also assured of the international community’s continued support with Afghanistan and said Afghanistan would also participate in the economic and security conference in Europe in near future and would talk about its achievements and requirements.
The president directed the governors to attract people towards joining security forces for defending the country.
About the Afghan Local Police (ALP), the president said ALP commanders and personnel should be professional and should play their role under the Ministry of Interior Affairs framework.
He said ALP personnel could return to a normal life if they could not follow the Ministry of Interior rules.
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