Shinwari elders ask govt to support uprising
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Tribal elders of Shinwari district of eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday asked the government to support the public uprising which had brought positive changes to the security situation of the Shinwari zone.
During a ceremony marking the opening of an office for resolving issues facing the Shinwari tribe, a tribal elder Malak Kamin told Pajhwok Afghan the uprising had a positive impact on security of the area, but the government had failed to keep its promises on equipping and supporting the militia.
According to Kamin, schools and clinics remained closed in some districts of Shinwari zone and the government should launch a ground operation to reopen these schools and clinics.
A tribal elder from Nazian district, Malak Zafar Khan, said as the uprising members had been organised under a government framework, they should be equipped as soon as possible.
“All the closed schools will be reopened and nearly 25,000 displaced families will be repatriated if ground operations are conducted in the districts,” he remarked.
Another influential from Achin district, Haji Saeed, said the public uprising members kept security on roads and prevented militants from advancing on more areas.
Whiling reaffirming pledges of the local administration, the governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani, said the uprising members had been asked to submit a list of 1000 fighters’ names fighting against militants, but they were yet to do so. As they submitted the list, he said, the provincial government would start supporting and equipping them.
He acknowledged most schools and clinics had been closed in the district, but added that efforts were in place to reopen them all.
“Seven schools in Haska Mena and 13 schools in Kot districts have been closed, but I would say they are in cold areas and are on winter recess,” the education spokesman, Mohammad Asif Shinwari, said.
The schools would be reopened after the summer vacations and once normalcy returned, he said.
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