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Govt yet to deliver on promises: Families of fallen soldiers

Govt yet to deliver on promises: Families of fallen soldiers

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Jan 28, 2019 - 19:41

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Some families of martyred Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and police in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday complained the government was yet to approach them with its promises.

The families, who held a gathering here, said they were deeply concerned about difficulties they faced in life including their poor economic situation which would keep their children uneducated.

The government has promised to give these families each a land plot, send two members of each family to Saudi Arabia for hajjinfo-icon performance, but these promises remain confined to papers only.

The families of fallen soldiers claimed they even had submitted cash to obtain land plots, but no one paid attention to their problems.

Gathering at a cemetery in Farm Hada locality of Jalalabad city, the provincial capital, the families claimed dozens of their children were buried in this cemetery while their families faced economic constrains.

Khaista Lal Hussini, who lost his brother Ahmad Bilal in a clash with Pakistani forces in Goshta district, told Pajhwok that officials had promised them assistance even vowed to construct his brother’ grave, but so far no one helped them and he was concerned about his brother’s children educationinfo-icon.

Around 500 other families whose sons lost their lives in the line of duty faced many problems including economic hardships, but they remained unassisted.

He said if these families were not assisted, they would be obliged to share their voice with the Presidential Palace and launch protests in Kabulinfo-icon.

He said they had submitted cash to the municipality for land plots and had documents to prove their claim, but officials maintained their land plots had been grabbed.

Ziaul Haq, a resident of Kunar province who lost his brother in the conflict, said he was supporting his brother’s widow and their three children but he himself enjoyed no good economic status.

However, Governor Hayatullah Hayat told Pajhwok that efforts were underway to allot land plots to the families of martyred soldiers.

He said thousands of acres of martyrs’ families’ land had been grabbed in Sorkh Diwal locality of Rodat district where a campaign was underway to retake the land from powerful individuals.

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