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Khost elders accuse PRD of discriminatory approach

Khost elders accuse PRD of discriminatory approach

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May 31, 2018 - 17:35

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Some tribal elders in southeastern Khost province have accused the Population Registration Department of not issuing them the paper National Identity Cards (NICs), also known as Tazkera.

Addressing a press conference here, tribal elders from Ahmadzai, Totakhel, Niyazi, Zadran, Tawlatzai, Zazai and Taraki tribes accused the PRD of ethnic biasness.

They alleged the PRD was denying  Tazkera to people who wanted to register as voters in the upcoming Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and District Council’s elections.

Dr. Gulab Totakhel, head of the Totakhel tribe, said it was government’s responsibility to enable all tribes and inhabitants of the country to participate in polls.

“If the government wants people to take part in polls, it should provide all facilities for this purpose. Our youth, elderly, young and widows should get Tazkera in order to participate in elections,” he said.

Asadullah Ahmadzai, head of the Ahmadzai’s tribe, said they often shared the issue with the PRD, but failed to elicit a positive response.

Governor’s spokesman Talibmangal acknowledged the issue of inadequate Tazkera issuance centers in Khost.

He said the provincial IECinfo-icon office had directed the PRD to make sure all tribes in Khost could get their Tazkera.

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