No judicial officials in 13 Ghazni districts
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents and provincial council members say there are no judicial officials in 13 districts of southern Ghazni province and people approach Taliban militants to decide their problems.
These districts include Nawar, Ajristan, Gilan, Nawa, Ab Band, Giru, Andar, Waghaz, Behram Shaheed, Wali Mohammad Shaheed, Rashidan, Zana Khan and Deh Yak.
But judicial officials exist in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, Khwaja Omri, Jaghori, Qarah Bagh, Malistan and Maqur districts.
Ghazni provincial council chief Hamidullah Nowroz told Pajhwok Afghan News that there were no justice and judicial workers in 13 districts of the province.
He said residents of the 13 districts mostly approached tribal elders and Taliban militants to resolve their legal matters.
The public representative urged the provincial government to send judicial officials to all the districts in order people could resolve their legal issues.
Another member of the provincial council, Hassan Raza Yousafi, said in addition to the lack of judicial organs, there were no other departments in various districts.
He said judicial officials despite being offered attractive salaries were not willing to perform duty in districts due to security concerns.
“A policeman is given 12,000 afghanis in monthly salary and he performs duty in district and judicial officials receive high salaries but they sit idle in Ghazni City and do not go districts.”
Yousafi also confirmed people often approached tribal elders and Taliban militants seeking solution to their legal issues.
A resident of Rashidan district, Abdullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News there were no government officials except security forces in the district.
“For legal issues, people either go to Kabul or to Taliban,” he said, adding most government workers of the district lived in Ghazni City and Kabul.
Andar district chief Mohammad Qaseem Desiwal said there were no judicial officials in the town. “I have tried many times to make functional the judicial system here, but judicial workers are refusing to perform duty here.”
But Desiwal said people did not approach Taliban to resolve their legal issues, but they approached tribal elders.
Similarly, Rashidan district chief Mohammad Karim said: “When I became the district chief, there were no government workers here. I told all the departments to send their workers here or fire them.”
The district chief said there were government employees who had never seen the district but they regularly pocketed salaries for years.
A resident of Deh Yak district, Mohammadullah, said he had resolved a land dispute with his cousin through the Taliban.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the dispute lasted five years. “First there were no judicial officials in the district, so I went to Ghazni city, but my problem could be solved.”
The resident said in Ghazni City, sometimes judicial officials would demand money and sometimes they were absent from duty, forcing him to approach the Taliban who referred him to the Quetta Council.
“We reached Quetta and went to a Taliban place which was at the end of a long street. We were taken to a basement where Taliban judges were sitting. They decided our case in half an hour and we also accepted their decision,” Mohammadullah said.
Ghazni appellant attorney Abdul Rashid Abid also acknowledged there were no judicial officials in most of the districts.
“Some time ago we introduced judicial workers to Gilan, Maqur and Qarah Bagh districts, but they returned after a month and said they faced security problems.”
Abid said judicial officials would be introduced to all districts once the security situation became satisfactory.
Ghazni governor Abdul Karim Matin also acknowledged the issue which he said would be resolved soon. Matin was recently appointed as the governor of Ghazni province.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in many provinces, including Ghazni, people used to decide their legal issues through Taliban.
“We neither accept bribes and delay people’s cases like government and that is why people come to Taliban to resolve their issues.”
However, he said the Taliban did not send people to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, but to Nawa district where Taliban judges existed.
Nawa district is with the Taliban over the past 10 years.
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