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Nangarhar PC welcomes president’s shake-up plan

Nangarhar PC welcomes president’s shake-up plan

Aug 25, 2015 - 18:33

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Provincial Council (PC) members on Tuesday welcomed President Ashraf Ghani’s proposed changes in the administration of eastern Nangarhar province and urged him to appoint qualified and deserving individuals.

Reports say the Presidential Palace is planning to remove more than 10 provincial departmental heads and replace them with honest and qualified individuals.

President Ghani was expected to arrive in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, but bad weather forced him to cancel his trip.

The Nangarhar PC members told reporters they wanted changes in the provincial administration by removing corrupt and unqualified people and that was why they welcomed the president’s decision in this regard.

PC member Zabihullah Zamarai said: “We want reforms in the administrative system and want to see honest, patriotic and educated people on key posts.”

He said the province had become insecure after militants stepped up their activities in the Shinwari zone. He asked the central government to reverse the tide of insecurity in the province and dismantle insurgent hideouts.

The public representative also said they wanted the words “Afghan and Islam” to be mentioned in the computerized national identity (ID) cards.

Zamarai said drastic reforms needed in every department particularly security and governance. He said Talibaninfo-icon militants used to flee areas during operations and stage a comeback after security forces conclude their offensives.

The council’s deputy head, Dr. Nasir Kamawal, said the security situation in Nangarhar was not good and Taliban militants got strengthened with each passing day.

He said many families in the Shinwari district had suffered due to the infighting between militant groups.

Another PC member Suhrab Qadari said President Ghani might dismiss graft-tainted officials, but stopped short of going into details.


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