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3 years on, work on Paktia mosque remains incomplete

3 years on, work on Paktia mosque remains incomplete

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Feb 20, 2020 - 15:08

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Work on a mosqueinfo-icon in the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province was initiated three years ago, but the worship place is yet to be constructed.

Work on the huge mosque was launched three years ago by former governor Zalmay Weesa. Local officials had promised the mosque would be built in seven months. But the project remains incomplete despite the passage of three years.

Abdul Ghani, a resident of the district, said most of work on the mosque was done by the initial contractor but the construction of several parts failed to meet the required standards.

“For a year, work on the mosque has been suspended. There is no place for ablution and the courtyard is still full of heaps of dirt.” he added.

Inamullah, another resident of Zurmat, said seven million afghanis had been set for the mosque’s construction. But work on the mosque was stopped a year ago.

Mirwais Bawar, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, asked the authorities concerned to complete construction of the mosque to acceptable standards in keeping with their promise.

“Marbles have been laid inappropriately and need to be fixed. The construction work was partially done against engineering principles. The wall plaster is damaged and needs to be repaired,” he added.

Hajjinfo-icon and Religious Affairs Director Abdul Ghafoor Rahimi acknowledged the delay in constructing the mosque, linking the slow-paced work to multiple contracts.

Rahimi blamed the current contractor for the delay and warned of scrapping his contract if the construction work did not resume in a month.

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