People from east rally in Kabul against insecurity
KABUL (Pajhwok): Coming all the way from Nangarhar, dozens of people on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul against what they called increasing insecurity in the eastern zone.
Last week, a suicide bomber struck a guesthouse of a provincial council member, Obaidullah Shinwari, killing 13 people, including tribal elders, and injured 14 others in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
On Jan. 13, seven security officials and three attackers were killed and another 11 people were wounded on Wednesday morning following a suicide attack and a gun-battle that lasted four hours near the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad.
Dozens of Nangarhar residents on Wednesday staged a protest rally in front of the parliament building in Kabul, demanding security in eastern provinces.
Speaking on behalf of civil society groups of Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces, Mirwais Omarkhel, told the rally that insecurity incidents had lately increased in Nangarghar where civilians were being killed by militants but the government was watching like a silent spectator.
“Honest officials should be praised and officials who are not serious in discharging their responsibilities should be sacked and prosecuted,” he told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Another participant, Zabihullah Bahar, said all eastern provinces were insecure and if the situation continued, Kabul would also become insecure.
“If the government doesn’t take any steps against Daesh or other militants in the east, the people of eastern provinces would be obliged to take weapons and fight against them,” he said.
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