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Khost youth say government is ignoring them

Khost youth say government is ignoring them

Feb 22, 2011 - 19:23

KHOST CITY (PANinfo-icon): Dozens of members of a youth commission on Tuesday accused the central government of not listening to the demands of people in the southeastern province of Khost.

"For over a decade, requests by our tribal elders, religious scholars and common people to the central government have been turned down," Nasir Ahmad Rokhan, a member of the group said.

The construction of a civilian airport, declaring the Ghulam Khan road as transit route and the completion of electricity projects were just some of the pledges President Hamid Karzai had made to the people in the past two elections, but so far, none had materialised, Rokhan said.

He said Karzai had promised the youth of the province that they would have opportunities to study abroad. However, he said despite the passage of 18 months, the promise remained unfulfilled. He said they did not expect Karzai would back out of his promises.

A reporter with Radio Liberty, Amir Bahir, said the people of Khost offered their lives for the country, but they remained neglected by the government.

Bahir said if Karzai wanted to implement the constitution and the law and believes in justice, he should pay attention to the problems facing Khost residents.

The gathering also denounced civilian deaths in recent incidents of violence, including a coalition airstrike in Ghaziabad district.


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