Amid calls for war on graft, appellant court gets new chief
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The newly appointed appellant court chief for southern Paktika province on Tuesday stressed the need for better protecting people’s rights with improved law enforcement.
Paktika Governor Aminullah Shariq introduced Abdul Tawab Mukhlis as provincial appellant court chief on Tuesday. Shariq hailed Mukhlis as an experienced, honest and qualified judge.
He urged Mukhlis to make hand down decisions confidently and ensure impartiality. “Our new judge should award punishment to criminals and wipe off tears of the oppressed.”
For his part, Mukhlis promised all his verdicts would be based on the law to dispense social justice to all people. “My doors will always remain open for Paktika residents.”
Addressing the masses, he said: “You can visit my office any time to share with me any problems you are faced with.” While pledging respect for rules and regulations, the judge ruled out compromise on people’s rights.
Mir Ahmad, a resident of Sharan, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News the judiciary was the most important organ of the government and it should not tolerate fraud or corruption.
He alleged judicial officials had failed to dispose of cases and at times demanded bribes. Ahmad asked the new appellant court chief to prevent corruption in his office.
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