Protesting Sherin Tagab residents shut down court
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Dozens of protesting people on Monday shut down the gate of a local court in Sherin Tagab district of northern Faryab province, accusing the judge of not attending office and being inefficient.
The protestors said they were taking their cases to the court in Maimana, the provincial capital, over the past six months because the local court judge had not been coming to his office.
They said their journey between Sherin Tagab and Maimana was risky due to the presence of militants. One of them, Zainullah Zaki, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had to travel to Maimama for a single signature. He said the judge was not attending the court despite the fact the court was located in a peaceful area of the district.
He said they locked the court office in order to draw the attention of the provincial and central governments towards their problems. He said the local court chief, who lived in Maimana, was deciding cases from his home.
Another protestor, who declined to be named, said: “For a signature, I travelled thrice to Maimana and paid 300 afghanis in transport fare. The journey between Sherin Tagab and Maimana is very dangerous. Once on the way, militants stopped passenger vehicles and opened fire, killing two persons”
He said he wanted to contest a legal case in the primary court, but the absence of the chief judge had prevented his case from being resolved.
The protestors said they wanted the judge to be removed and replaced with another judge who could keep the court operational.
The district chief, Syed Luqman, said the court chief, Ahmad Khalid, had been absent from his office over the past few months. He confirmed receiving complaints from people in this regard.
But the judge said powerful individuals, gunmen and militia leaders were interfering in his affairs and wanted to impose their decisions on him. Without naming anyone, Ahmad Khalid said there were powerful individuals who wanted to use the court in their favour. He claimed he had been threatened on the phone and directly.
He said his predecessor Maulvi Hassamuddin and an attorney had been killed by insurgents and another attorney had been injured. He said he had submitted his resignation to the provincial court and now when people had closed the court in Sherin Tagab, he wanted to resign or be transferred to another area.
The provincial court chief, Sibghatullah, who is in Kabul, said he would soon return to Maimana and would resolve the issue. He said he would listen to the judge about his absence from office and would replace him if he was not ready to continue his job in Sherin Tagab.
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