New Kunduz governor asks rebels to join peace process
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed governor for northern Kunduz province on Sunday asked militants not to follow orders from outsiders and join the peace process.
At his introduction ceremony in Kunduz City, the provincial capital, Asadullah Omarkhel told the people of Kunduz that he invited militants to join the peace process to avoid being further deceived by foreign intelligence agencies.
A former head of the provincial High Peace Committee for Kunduz, Omarkhel asked the rebels: “If you are really Afghan, then lay down your weapons and reconcile with the Afghan government.”
Calling the Islamic State (IS) a destructive instrument of foreign intelligence agencies, he said those supporting Daesh were acting against Islam.
He told the residents of Kunduz that he would always discuss with local people all important issues for decisions.
“I would try to address people’s priorities, but I cannot promise things which are above my ability, I need your support in resolving problems in Kunduz province,” he said.
Omarkhel said improving security, agriculture and economy of the province would be among his priorities, stressing that he would never accept corruption; a phenomenon he said would be completely removed from Kunduz under his leadership.
Mohammad Yousuf Ayubi, the provincial council head, welcomed the appointment of Omarkhel as the governor for Kunduz and asked him to prioritise dealing with major problems of Kunduz residents.
“People are tired of insecurity, dear governor please improve the security situation at any cost whether possibly through peace talks or armed struggle, people seriously need security,” he said.
Ayubi complained that administrative corruption and bribery in government offices remained endemic and needed serious attention.
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