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Protest by Paktika elders, public reps enters 4th day

Protest by Paktika elders, public reps enters 4th day

May 17, 2018 - 16:54

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Tribal elders and public representatives on Thursday vowed to continue their protest as long as roads to three district of southeastern Paktika province were not reopened.

The demonstrators, including youth, set up a protest camp at the entrance to the governor’s office three days back. If their security was not guaranteed, they promised pressing on with their protest.

Khan Katawazai, one of the demonstrators, told Pajhwok Afghan News Warmama, Wazikhwa and Tarwa districts were faced with security threats and mounting prices of edibles.

During the past month, he alleged, the government had not paid ample attention to the districts. If Paktika security forces --currently deployed to other provinces -- did not return, the towns could collapse, he warned.

Another participant, Tila Khawrin, complained no one raised their voices against rocket strikes into the three districts from Pakistaninfo-icon’s soil.

“On the one hand, prices of eatables have escalated to the extent that people can’t afford to purchase them. One litre of petrol accounts for 300 rupees (171 afs).

“On the other hand, most of the people are unemployed and can’t buy basic necessities. Worse still, roads to the three districts have been shut,” Khawrin complained.

Nazar Mohammad, yet another protestor, said all residents of the districts supported the government and serving in the security organs. But even then, they were neglected by the authorities, he deplored.

He accused the insurgents of attacking the security personnel and tribal elders in an attempt to overrun the districts. He asked the government to resolve their problems.

For his part, the governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Rahman Ayaz, acknowledged the three districts were faced with serious problems. The governor house too had highlighted their plight, he added.



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