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Closure of govt offices enters 5th day in Ghor

Closure of govt offices enters 5th day in Ghor

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Jan 26, 2020 - 18:29

FIROZGOH (Pajhwok): The closure of all government offices by hundreds of protesting residents of western Ghorinfo-icon province entered a fifth day on Sunday. The protestors warned to dislodge the governor from his office in case their demands were not addressed.

Hundreds of residents of Ghor province on Wednesday shut all government departments, including the governor’s house.

Angered by what they called discrimination against certain provinces in the national budget, about 1,000 people staged a demonstration in the provincial capital and shut doors to all government offices for a fifth day.

The protestors today issued a resolution letter about their issues. The protestors in their resolution letter claimed they would not reopen the government departments and remove the governor and some high profile government officials if their demands were not met.

Earlier, the protestors chanted: “We have no minister, no deputy minister and we have no say in decision-making. Nothing has been done so far for this province.”

Mohammad Gul Ahmadi, a protestor, told Pajhwok Afghan News they will continue their demonstration if their demands were not addressed. Currently all government institutions have been closed, he said.

Haji Abdul Khaliq Azizi, another protestor, said they have two major demands --- electricity and road. He said they had been making these two demands for the past 19 years.

He said they would not fold their protesting tents as long as their demands were not addressed.

The closure of offices has landed many people in trouble. Sayed Mahmood, a resident of Shahrak district who was visiting Firozkoh City, for a legal issue, said it was his third day waiting for the reopening of departments.

He said, “I have no relative here to stay with them. I am running out of money.”

A number of other residents held similar views in this regard and urged the government to meet the demands of the protestors as soon as possible.

Abdulhai Khatibi, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed to Pajhwok that all government departments remained closed for the past five days.

He said they had shared the protestors’ issues with the capital administrative and awaiting their response in this regard.

The Wolesi Jirga  approved the draft national budget for the current fiscal year last (Wednesday). Of the 428 billion afghanis, 289 billion afghanis have been earmarked in general spending. The development budget stands at 139 billion afghanis.

Pk/ma

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