Laid off Balkh military officers demand salaries
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Laid off Afghan National Army (ANA) officers on Thursday demanded the government pay their salaries during a protest demonstration in northern Balkh province.
The ex-service members, who staged their protest in Mazar-i-Sharif, accused the government of negligence in paying their salaries.
A sacked major of the former 7th military crops in north, Nizamuddin, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had paid them no salaries between 2001 and 2002.
“Three types of former officers participated in the protest, one type are those who have been sacked by the government, the second are retired from their jobs and the third are those whose fate is unknown, but none of them have been given their salaries,” he said.
He said the officers were discriminated and repeatedly rejected to register themselves even as junior military officers. He warned if the government did not respond to their demands positively, they would stage another protest to be participated by 20,000 people in near future.
“I have worked with the Afghan military till 2006, but I have not got my salaries as yet,” another dismissed officer, Mohammad Halim, said. “If the government doesn’t listen to us, we would carry out a bigger rally,” he warned.
The unity government should pay salaries to the laid off officers, the provincial council head, Mohammad Afzal Hadid, said while assured the protesters of conveying their demand to high officials.
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