Protesters accuse Paktia lawmakers of corruption
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Paktia province on Monday staged a protest demonstration against their representatives in the Wolesi Jirga and the provincial council and accused them of being corrupt and irresponsible.
The protesters, numbering around 100, gathered at the central square in Gardez, the provincial capital.
They accused lawmakers and local representatives of meddling in the provincial government’s affairs and corruption in contracts of development and reconstruction projects.
Farid Ahmad Taskin, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We are not happy with our representatives in Wolesi Jirga and provincial council.”
He alleged the public representatives had appointed relatives in government departments and used to force officials into accepting their demands.
He said lawmakers representing the people of Paktia were busy promoting their own interests and had forgotten people’s problems.
Another protestor Hamidullah Zazi said: “We will never vote for the sitting lawmakers in the next Wolesi Jirga elections and we will persuade other people about it.”
Taj Mohammad Mangal, a member of the provincial council, said he and his colleagues were trying their best to resolve people’s problems. “We spend most of our time hearing and addressing people’s issues,” he said.
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