Thu, Sep

Ghani, Abdullah Meet With Protest Representatives


Ashraf-Ghani-meet-with-Northern-province-delagationsPresident Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah held a late night meeting with representatives of Wednesday's demonstration and addressed some of their issues.

In an unprecedented move, the meeting was televised live to the nation and demonstration representatives from the central region of the country were given a chance to air their grievances.

One representative said they had met with high-ranking officials on a number of occasions in the past over their growing security concerns.
This meeting comes after tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday in protest over the beheading by Daesh of seven Zabul residents who had been kidnapped last month.

The representative said however that their requests – primarily around security – had gone unanswered for months and that in the past six months the situation had deteriorated substantially. "Even women are having to take turns to safeguard their areas."
He said one of their main concerns was the lack of police presence in their districts.

Among the demands put to Ghani and Abdullah was that of general security as well as that along highways – especially between Zabul and Ghazni, which has been the scene of a number of kidnappings in recent months.
He also asked for more security forces to be stationed in the central region.