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Paktia: Ex-military men without pension for 18 months

Paktia: Ex-military men without pension for 18 months

May 12, 2020 - 16:29


GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Retired military personnel in southeastern Paktia province complain the government has not paid them monthly pension for the past 18 months, due to which they are in deep economic problems.

Some ex-service members retired on Tuesday gathered in front of Paktia Press Club in Gardez, the provincial capital, and said they had served the country with honesty but the attitude of some current officials disappointed them.

Niyaz Mohammad, a retired colonel in the Ministry of Interior, said according to the newly introduced principles, retired military personnel should get their pension based on Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC).

But according to Mohammad, many government offices have been closed due to coronavirus and their fate was unknown.

He said: “We all have started the process of getting computerized NIC, but due to quarantine, the process remains incomplete as the concerned departments are closed.”

Abdul Hanan Hamkar, another retired military man, said he has no other source of income to meet his daily needs, adding that he borrowed a lot of money during the past 18 months from other people.

Mohammad Haidar, another retired military personnel, demanded their pensions should be issued on past principles because of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.

Paktia Governor spokesman Abdullah Hasrat said: “This is a serious problem, retired persons who served the country deserve pensions without any delay. We are in contact with the centre and this is a nation-wide issue which needs to be resolved.”

It is worth mentioning that besides retired military personnel, family members of martyred and disabled personnel often complain against delay in pensions and other privileges.


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