With Ghor in leadership crisis, governor off to Saudi Arabia
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The provincial council on Thursday accused provincial leaders of staying outside Ghor as residents continued to encounter severe economic and security problems.
Provincial council’s deputy head, Abdul Rahman Atshan, told Pajhwok Afghan News heavy clashes had been going on in Pasaband district for the past four months and residents were faced with economic woes.
Other areas of Ghor are mired in a similar situation but senior leaders are not present to address public concerns, according to the public representative, who faulted local governance.
“The governor has traveled to Saudi Arabia for performing Hajj,the deputy governor’s position is vacant. The deputy police chief has been killed and the police head is unwell. The governor should have stayed in the province in this situation,” he opined.
Atshan said lack of proper leadership and coordination was the main problem of Ghor province. The government had not paid any attention to resolvingthe issue in the past 15 years, he complained.
Ghor was also up against security challenges, but the authorities concerned were yet to launch any operation to eliminate militants, he said, asking the government not to play with the lives of Afghan forces and people.
Government leaders must put an end to political tensions and power-sharing issues and pay attention to the security situation on a priority basis, Atshanstressed.
A civil society activist, Mohammad YasinAzhand, held the governor responsible for all military, civil services and administrative affairs. Despite the multiple challenges, the governor had flown to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, he pointed out.
“Residents and security forces are suffering because of continued clashes, but the leader of the province is absent and no one feelsany qualms about the bloodshed,” he remarked.
Habibullah, another resident of Ghor, said, “My brother was a member of the special police force. He voluntarily went to Pasaband district to fight against militants. He continued to battle the rebels for 10 years until his death,”
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