Kunduzi steps down as Nangarhar governor
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor for eastern Nangarhar province, Salim Khan Kunduzi, resigned on Sunday at a major gathering in the provincial capital.
Addressing the gathering of hundreds of tribal elders, religious scholars, government officials, women and youth, Kunduzi said he couldn’t continue with his duty as governor, citing some personal issues.
He said the Nangarhar people had many demands from him in various fields and he had responded to their demands to some extent but not to the extent as should be.
According to Kunduzi, serving in provinces required a strong support from the central government in order to obtain assistance but unfortunately he didn’t have such supporting group or person.
He didn’t overtly blame the unity government for biased behavior with Nangarhar but said his requests weren’t accepted.
Interestingly a woman, Sharifa Ahmadzai, went to the stage and asked the governor not to resign. She said if the governor didn’t reverse his decision of resigning she would sit in a protest tent in front of the governor’s house along with 10,000 other women.
Meanwhile, a tribal elder from Khogyani district and the provincial peace committee head, Haji Malak Nazir, also asked the governor not to stand down.
Nazir said if the governor’s resignation came in the aftermath of a protest rally by some people who asked the governor to resign, then it was not the decision of the entire nation but of a handful of individuals. He said the governor should not resign.
A tribal elder from Khewa district, Noor Agha Malakzai, in an angry tune said the Nangarhar people wouldn’t give permission to the governor to leave the province until the reason behind his resignation was known.
He criticized the governor for what he violating the Constitution by resigning because he had been appointed through a presidential order so he should wait for President Ashraf Ghani’s orders.
Other representatives of local councils and tribal elders from many districts also asked the governor not to leave the province until it became known what prompted him to step down.
Governor Kunduzi again arrived at the podium and delivered a speech and called personal issues behind his resignation. “I haven’t surrendered to any pressure but I step down due to personal problems.”
Kunduzi took charge about 16 months earlier, when Daesh group had newly emerged in the province. Kunduzi’s predecessor Attaullah Ludin had cited his inability to access people’s problems for his resignation.
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