Central govt accused of ignoring the south
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Members of provincial councils and tribal elders on Thursday accused the government of ignoring the southern zone and not taking measures to prevent insecurity in the country’s south.
These views were expressed at a gathering attended by provincial council members and tribal elders from Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces in Kandahar City.
Kandahar provincial council chief Haji Syeda Jan Khakrezwal told the gathering that insecurity was on the increase with each passing day in the southern zone, particularly in Helmand and Uruzgan provinces, but the central authority was not taking steps to reverse the tide of insecurity.
He said the strength of police had been insufficient in the south over the past many years and the force had been lacking ammunition as well.
He said the south had been experiencing power outages amid dwindling economy over the past many years, but no action could be taken to resolve these issues.
As an example, the public representative mentioned the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway which had been closed since a week. He said a number of districts in Uruzgan province were on the verge of falling to insurgents, but security forces were yet to get assistance there.
He complained when a similar situation emerged in other zones or provinces, special operations and air support were immediately sent there.
Khakrezwal continued the southern zone provinces were struggling with a lot of problems in areas of education, health and others and the central government had failed to honour its promises in this regard.
Zabul provincial council chief Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan said if the central government did not take measures to resolve problems in the south, it would further exacerbate the situation.
He warned if the central government continued to ignore problems in the south, they would also continue holding protest gatherings. “We will demand the rights of our people in any way possible.”
Dr. Zalmai Zabuli, who represents Zabul province in the Meshrano Jirga, said the youth in the south had long suffered from the conflict and deprived of their right to education and other rights.
He said not a single faculty at the university of Zabul was operational. The lawmaker asked the people to support their leaders in demanding their rights from the government.
Helmand provincial council head Mohammad Karim Atal also said insecurity was increasing with the passage of time in Helmand and urged the central government to pay attention to that problem.
Similar complaints were made by other speakers and urged the government leaders to serve the people beyond politics.
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