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Three designate-ministers brief MPs over future plans

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Three nominated ministers on Wednesday briefed lawmakers over their future plans aimed at convincing the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) of their talent and abilities.

Abdul Basir Anwar, the minister-designate for justice, said that he would make sure that every citizen has access to justice. He said that state-owned and public lands grabbed by mafia would be retaken if he was approved by the WJ as minister.

According to officials, 1.3 million acres state-owned lands had been usurped by influential people.

Fight against red-tapism was another priority pointed out by Anwar. “I will try my best to safeguard legal rights of public based on principles of transparency and through civil laws,” he said.

The minister-designate added that he would end the culture of “Go and come next day” in the ministry of justice because this very bureaucratic practice has created challenges for citizens.

He vowed to enforce the verdicts of courts in civil cases to restore the legal rights of the citizens based on law and human rights conventions. Nepotism will be replaced by principles, regulations and professionalism when hiring people at Ministry of Justice (MoJ), both in the capital and provinces, he added.

Building capacity of the MoJ staff was another part of his program. Anwar said that he would equip the employees with professional skills through in-service programs in the governmental and private higher education institutes.

Public legal awareness was also among priorities of the nominee. He said that he would try to educate people about the country’s legal system with support of the ministries of Education, Higher Education, Haj and Religious Affairs and Information and Culture.

He said that skilled-based programs would be imparted in prisons to enable the juvenile inmates to earn bread with dignity. He said that those juvenile prisoners who are having mental problems would be treated by trained psychologists.

Minister-designate for Urban Development, Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi, said that drafting and implementation of the master plans as per the international standards is his top priority.

Naderi said that if he got vote of confidence he would provide residential apartments through long-term loans and bring improvement in the urban system while strengthening the existing infrastructure including irrigation system, telecommunication, electricity and roads.

Encouraging the national and international investors for construction of the townships, expanding the housing projects across the country, developing the state-run housing schemes, providing residential apartments through long and short-term loans, and provision of houses to the martyrs’ families and disabled people were part of the nominated minister’s future plans.

Pick for the Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs, Gulab Mangal, said that he would try to promote culture of harmony and peaceful coexistence through the Jirga system. He said that disputes between tribes would be resolved.

Assessment of the situation along the borders, overcoming terrorism, extremism, and drug trafficking with support of the tribal elders were outlined as other priorities by Mangal.

He said that scholarships and livelihood opportunities would be provided to those living in the bordering areas.

Mangal promised that nobody would be allowed to cut forests along the frontiers.

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