Ghani fires protocol officer over clash with Kandahar elder
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has fired his protocol officer over a verbal clash with the provincial council chief of southern Kandahar province during the president’s trip on Wednesday, the Presidential Palace said on Thursday.
President Ghani on Wednesday paid a day-long visit to the southern province and addressed a gathering at the governor’s house, where provincial officials, tribal elders, religious scholars and public representatives were present.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said during the president’s trip to Kandahar, the protocol officer misbehaved with an elder of Kandahar in reaction and the misconduct had an impact on the president.
The Presidential Palace considered the respect of every Afghan, particularly elders of the historic Kandahar as its own and it was the reason the government official was relieved of his duties, the statement said.
It said the president insisted that the government was the servant of people and all government officials should serve as a bridge between the regime and the masses and they should serve as best example of respect to people, particularly elders.
The verbal clash between the protocol officer, Nasim Sharifi, and the Kandahar provincial council chief, Haji Syed Jan Khakrezwal, took place when the gathering at the governor’s house was underway. Khakrezwal walked out of the gathering.
The incident occurred in the middle of the gathering over including the name of a civil society activist in the list of speakers.
A government official told Pajhwok Afghan News on the condition of anonymity that Nasim Sharifi wanted the activist, Ahmad Shah Supar, to be included in the list, but Khakrezwal opposed it.
Supar, known for his criticism over many issues in the government including corruption, was a member of Ghani team during the presidential election.
The government official said the verbal clash turned physical after the provincial council chief repeatedly hurled abusive words at Sharifi, provoking him to react.
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