Nangahar police academy be named after Zarawar Zahid
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Nangarhar governor on Monday urged President Ashraf Ghani to name the police training academy in the eastern province after the slain police chief, Zarawar Zahid.
Salim Khan Kunduzi made the demand at a prayer service for Zarawar Zahid in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.
Brig. Gen. Zarawar Zahid was killed in a roadside bombing in the Hesarak district during an ongoing operation last week.
His memorial service was attended by tribal elders, government officials, lawmakers from Nangarhar, provincial council members and defence and security forces officials.
The governor called Zarawar Zahid a real patriot who was always ready to sacrifice his life in the defence of the country and finally did so.
“When Gen. Zahid became Nangarhar police chief, the security situation here was very bad. On the day two of assuming charge, Zahid moved to the Shinwari zone and entered the fight against Daesh. He bravely fought against the Pakistani forces at the Torkham border and went on to protect the people of Hesarak where he lost his own life.”
Kunduzi urged the president and the Ministry of Interior to name the Nangarhar police training academy after Zahid.
Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, who attended the fateha, also called Zarawar Zahid a real and brave soldier of the country.
Later speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the prayer service, Muslimyar indirectly accused the Pakistani intelligence agency of being behind the killing of Zahid.
The Meshrano Jirga chairman urged the Taliban to renounce violence and join the peace process. “Without peace, the country cannot develop, I as a servant of the soil ask the Taliban to stop killing their own brothers and join the peace process.”
A brother of Zarawar Zahid, Haji Pashtun, thanked the people of Nangarhar, the governor and security officials for their cooperation and guidance that made Zahid a national hero.
“Martyred Zahid only fulfilled the promise he held out to the people of Nangarhar on the day first of assuming office as the police chief. He had told you he was not concerned about himself, but about the nation.”
He said he had urged Zahid to stay home on the Day of Arafah, but he replied security forces who had been fighting in Hesarak should rest and he himself would go there.
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