Helmand’s Nawa district -- an emerging tourist draw
LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): Officials and residents of Nawa district have voiced satisfaction with the law and order situation, saying picnickers from other parts of southern Helmand province are thronging the town.
They have underlined the need for more efforts to ensure further stabilise the security environment to unlock the tourism potential of the once volatile district.
Mohammad Agha Takra, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the security situation had improved in the district and, therefore, people visited scenic locations across Nawa.
He asked the government to construct facilities for touriststo attract more and more people to the district during holidays. He said most of the visiting youth played cricket and other sports, with some swimming in the river and others walkingaround green orchards.
According to Takra, the district is situated 60 kilometres from Lashkargah, the provincial capital. Since it lies close to other districts, all residents could come here for sightseeing.
Haji Juma Gul, a Provincial Council (PC) member, said: “We are happy that at least we have such a place where a large number of youth come here and enjoy staying in the relatively peaceful situation.”
He believed law and order was not good enough in other districts,whose youth streamed to Nawato enjoy themselves.
Haji Habibullah, a local elder, acknowledged improved security in Nawa. He said the district was populousand had wonderful sites that lured a large number of people -- most of them youth.He urged creation of parks and other facilities to boost tourism in the district.
Abdul Khaliq, a youngster who came to Nawa for sightseeing, enjoyed a lot staying with friends in the beautiful district.
Hashmatullah another young man from Lashkargah, said: “On Fridays, I come here with my friends and enjoy our visit a lot.” They swim in the river, go fishing and do other exciting activities.
Haji Pahlawan, a resident of Nawa, called for the government to bring more development to the town so that more people came here for picnic. The tourism potential of the district would be unlocked by development projects.
District police chief, Col. Ahmad Shah Saleem assured visitors of improved law and order. He asked people to visit the district without any fear.
Ghulam Ghaus Dawar, the youth department head, complained concrete efforts had not been made to improve the lives of youth. He said due to unemployment youth turned to violence, drug addiction or left the country.
But the governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak said 192 youngsters appeared in a test for different posts. More employment opportunities were provided for youth including recruitment in armed forces, police and other sectors, he claimed, saying tourist sites in Nawa district were being developed.
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