Dozens rally against corruption in Herat passport department
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Dozens of people on Saturday staged a protest rally against what they called corruption in the passport department of western Herat province.
Nearly 100 people gathered in front of the governor’s house, asking officials to resolve problems people faced in getting passports.
“I applied for passport about six or seven months ago, but I did not get it,” one of the protesters, Haji Kamidan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Another participant of the rally, Farid Ahmad, accused the passport officials of 'negligence' and 'corruption.' “Those who pay bribes, get their passports the same day. I can’t get it because I hardly earn 200 afghanis a day to support my family.”
Ghulam Sarwar, a resident of Shindand district, said he spent 1000 afs each time in transport fare travelling to Herat City to get his passport, but he just wasted his time and money.
The passport department officials and police did not respond to the protest, but the governor’s spokesman, Gilani Farhad, confirmed problems in the passport department at the police headquarters.
“In order to address people’s problems, the local administration has asked the Ministry of Interior to dispatch some of the passport printing machines to Herat,” he said.
“The passport department has adopted a new strategy under which problems in issuing passports would be removed,” he said.
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