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It’s time to fire all acting governors and introduce new ones, WJ tells govt

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or Lower House of the Parliament asked the government to appoint governors as mismanagement of the provincial affairs by the caretakers has been causing public annoyance.

Discussing insecurity, abduction of passengers, government’s policy guidelines, performance of the acting governors, the MPs on Saturday urged the president to appoint the governors and relieve the caretakers of their duty as soon as possible.

They said the acting governors were unable to run provincial affairs in better manner. Expressing serious concerns over growing insecurity, the legislators said that poor performance of the acting governors was responsible for deteriorating law and order condition in different parts of the country.

Increasing terror attacks in Northern provinces as well as in the capital, abduction of 31 passengers and threats to the lawmakers were the major reasons that provoked the MPs.

Few days ago an MP from Paktia, Gul Pacha Majedi, and scores of civilians were injured in a terror attack in Kabul City. On Thursday, 20 civilians were killed and 50 others, including an MP, were injured in a suicide attack in Khost.

Speaker of the WJ, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, said the government should send the caretakers home while appointing governors to run affairs of the provinces smoothly.

He said the president and Chief Executive Officer should focus their energies on governors’ appointment.

So far the government has been successful in appointing governors for Farah, Paktika and Kunduz provinces.

The speaker also urged the government to accelerate efforts to secure safe release of the kidnapped 31 passengers. The WJ also decided to summon the security officials but date has not been set.

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