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Baghlan governor vows to tighten noose around corrupt

Baghlan governor vows to tighten noose around corrupt

Mar 28, 2017 - 17:58

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed governor for northern Baghlan province on Monday confirmed widespread corruption in local government departments and vowed to decisively act against corrupt individuals.

Abdul Hai Niamati, who was recently recommended by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and approved by the president as Baghlan governor replaces Abdul Sattar Bariz.

However, his appointment drew strong serious reaction from Baghlan people including civil societyinfo-icon activists who said the new governor was old and unable to organize the province.

Niamati in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said those protesting against him were induced by others and they were unaware about him.

He was sure he would effectively lead the provincial. “The protestors claim I am an old man and lack the ability to work, but when I convinced them and talked to them, the problem resolved.”

The governor said there were many problems such as administrative corruption in a number of Baghlan offices.

He asked all government officials in line with their responsibilities and warned that those found involved in corruption would be treated decisively and introduced to judiciary organs.

Security problems widely existed in Baghlan and people were not satisfied with the government and it was one of the reasons of worsening security situation, he said.

“A number of residents are dissatisfied with works done here, they are turned against the government, but I will try to revive their trust and recapture areas lost to Talibaninfo-icon militants,” the governor said.

He added Afghan forces would launch operations against militants to ensure security in the province.

Niamati criticized differences within the government and said militants could not fight against Afghan forces but they could exploit the differences.

Dehna Ghori district of Baghlan is under Taliban’s control for about a year now. The militants are also active in parts of Burka, Baghlan-i-Markazi and Tala wa Barfak districts and Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital.


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