Some residents of Zabul province in protest against the existence of corruption, land confiscation and the slow process of reconstruction in Zabul protested in Kabul before the National Assembly on Wednesday.
The protestors criticized the lack of attention from the national officials towards their problems and called on the government to address their problems soon or else they will continue their demonstrations.
“My name is Haji Rashid Nasir from Zabul Province. Corruption is at its extreme in this province. There is no rule of law and security. People are attacked in the market. Professionals should be put to work in this province.”
“My name is Karim. People’s property gets robbed in Zabul and no one investigates about it. Our province has remained backward; we demand President Karzai to pay some attention to our province.”
Zabul residents’ protest came after the conflict between Zabul’s MP and the province’s municipality over land confiscation. Abdul Qadir Qulatwal, Zabul’s MP, accused the municipal of Zabul for confiscating government’s lands. However, officials from the province have denied all allegations.
The protestors said that we were trying to get answers from the provincial officials, but they refused to have any discussion with us. The protestors have now approached the government to send a delegate to solve their problems.
Naimatullah Ghafari, second vice president of the Parliament, said a delegation will soon be sent to the province in response to the complaints of the residents.
Zabul is one of the insecure provinces in the South of Afghanistan. People had previously complained about the provincial officials as well. They demand the government to take necessary steps in the areas of education, health services, establishment of a professional administration and implementation of law.