PC head’s father halts water supply to thousands of families
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A number of residents of Pashtoon Kot district and Maimana have accused a former jihadi commander, also father of the Faryab provincial council head, has deprived them of irrigation and drinking water.
Hundreds of enraged people from Maimana and Pashtoon Kot district gathered in the provincial capital on Sunday to protest being deprived of water over the past couple of months.
The protestors complained Ghulam Qadir Rahmani, father of Faryab provincial council head and sitting Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander, had blocked supply of water to the two cities.
They alleged their farms had been parched due to non-availability of irrigation over the past two months and a half. Mohammad Saleh, a resident of Pashtoon Kot, told Pajhwok Afghan News his vegetables had withered in the absence of water.
“My farms -- the only income source for my family -- have gone dry and we don’t know what to do,” he remarked, alleging Rahmani had taken the extreme step of his enmity with residents of a village in the district.
Dr. Noor, head of the district council, confirmed thousands acres of farms were drying due to the water scarcity.“The provincial council head is directly involved. As a public representative, why doesn’t he move to resolve the problem?” he asked.
An influential individual, who wished not to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News the affected people launched efforts to resolve the issue before Eid-ul-Fitr, but their campaign yielded no results.
“This is not a problem of two months. This jihadi commander has been harassing the people for the past 30 years, but there is no one here to prevent him,” the source said.
The demonstrators said the water stream helped 50,000 families meet their irrigation and drinking water needs. But the water supply had been cut by the commander, they grumbled.
However, the provincial council chief, Tahir Rahmani, called the protest a conspiracy against his family. The issue between two villages had to be resolved by the local administration, he said.
Governor Anwar Sadat said the reason for a halt to water supply to the two cities was yet to be ascertained, but a delegation had been appointed to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
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