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War-hit Ghazni families get 14m afs in govt aid

War-hit Ghazni families get 14m afs in govt aid

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Sep 03, 2018 - 21:00

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The government has so far distributed 14 million afghanis in cash aid to families who lost members to recent Talibaninfo-icon attacks on the capital of southern Ghazni province, but shopkeepers say they incurred about 450 million afghanis losses.

Almost three weeks back, Taliban militants coordinately stormed Ghazni city and fought with security forces for three days. The violence left many dead and wounded and several shops and public sector buildings in ruins.

Later President Ashraf Ghani visited the province and appointed a delegation to help the war-hit families.

Presidential advisor Asadullah Falah who led the delegation told media persons in Ghazni City that they had so far aided families of 97 persons killed and 126 wounded.

He said 100,000 afghanis each were given to families who lost members to the attacks and 50,000 afghanis each to those injured and 20,000 afghanis to those slightly wounded.

He said so far 14 million afganis had been distributed and the process was underway.

He further added about 2,500 tons of wheat was also distributed among the war-affected families and another 5000 tons of wheat would be distributed in near future.

He also confirmed shopkeepers and businessmen suffered around 450 million afghanis losses due to the attacks on Ghazni city.

He said some other concerns had been also noticed and would be shared with President Ghani.

 Ghazni Governor Waheedullah Kalimzai said individuals who suffered causalities in the recent war in the province were identified by a committee in order to avoid corruption.

But Rahmatullah, a resident of Ghazni city, said the cash assistance was given to those who did not suffer casualties or financial losses in the conflict.

“I saw a man receiving the money for three individuals killed, but in fact no one from his family was killed. While I know a family who lost one member and got wounded another, but received nothing.”

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