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Herat demonstrators demand reforms within govt

Herat demonstrators demand reforms within govt

Jun 04, 2017 - 18:53

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Residents and public representatives in western Herat province on Sunday asked the government leaders to step down over their failure to ensure security in the country.

The residents and their representatives held a protest gathering in front of the governor’s house here, accusing the government leaders of incompetency with regard to ensuring security and rights of countrymen, asking for reforms within the government.

The demonstrators carrying banners with slogans ‘Every Herati calls for justice and security’ and ‘No Talibinfo-icon, Daesh or a fifth column.’ They said recent bloody attacks in Kabulinfo-icon were achievements of the fifth column within the Presidential Palace.

Naheed Fareed, a member of parliament, who also participated in the protest, said they wanted compensation for the families of those who lost their beloved ones to recent terror attacks in Kabul.

She said some elements within the government supported terrorism in Afghanistaninfo-icon and supporting these elements had resulted in the massacre of innocent people.

“We want reforms in the government, but reforms couldn’t be achieved until some individuals are there in the government.”

Faisal Karimi, a professor at Herat University, said they wanted those having a hand in recent innocent people’s killings in Kabul to be put on trial.

He called the killings in Kabul as a crime against humanity, adding: “Human rights institutions, the UN and the Afghan government should punish the perpetrators of these incidents for their crimes.”

He also condemned the killing of some protestors in Kabul’s rally, saying it showed government’s tyranny.

Shah Wazir, a civil societyinfo-icon activist from Ghorinfo-icon province, termed the government leaders as main cause of the misfortunes, asking the UN to help prevent further killings.

Mohammad Amin Saeedi, another protestor, criticized the government’s incompetency, saying: “The president and the CEO are incompetent and should resign at the earliest possible because they have failed to ensure citizens’ rights.”

On the other hand, some influential figures and provincial council members of Heart  expressed support to security forces and the government, saying the protest in Kabul was turned violent on the behest of regional intelligence.

Haji Solat Noorzai, an influential figure in Adraskan district, said: “A peaceful demonstration is the right of every citizen; but rallies insulting and offending the President and the CEO are not demonstration but a plot backed by neighboring countries’ intelligence.”

Kamran Alizai, Herat provincial council head, also held similar views, saying: “If someone wants to misuse protests and commit violence or set vehicles on fire, then we won’t be silent and will prevent it.’



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