KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with representatives of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Iran and Europe said the repatriation of refugees and resolving problems of the disabled and martyrs’ families were the top of government’s priorities, a presidential statement said yesterday.
Without the repatriation of refugees, the country would remain incomplete, President Ghani told the meeting with representatives in Iran, Pakistan and Europe.
“We are waiting for their honorable return and it is our priority within the peace framework,” the President explained. “European Union is our strategic partner and we are working on a plant to bring the refugees gradually to Afghanistan.”
President Ghani directed the Central Statistics Organization to resolve passport-related issues of all Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan.
The refugees’ representatives congratulated the president on successful holding of the consultative Loya Jirga, saying they were supporting the final declaration of the national event.
Meanwhile, President Ghani met representatives of Ghazni, Bamyan, Daikundi and MaidanWardak provinces. Addressing the representative, President Ghani said basic changes would be made in agriculture in coming five months and investments to be made into higher education sectors.
The president went on saying that steps were taken by security and defense forces to maintain order as they had been successful in achieving their objectives.
The representatives congratulated the president on successful holding of the consultative peace jirga and enumerated a number of their problems and demands to the president.
At a separate meeting with representatives of Takhar and Badakhshan provinces, President Ghani promised early power generation by Shewan dam in Badakhshan which would be built by Tajikistan.
He said the banks of Amo river would be reinforced, calling better water control a priority. The president urged residents of the provinces to pay serious attention to livestock and vowed to remove hurdles to promoting agriculture.
According to president, hundreds of women from these provinces are educated but they remain jobless. “The Ministry of Education should bring them into its system. An education institute will be established in Badakhshan,” he added.
The security sector would discuss the protection of mines in these provinces, the president said.
Meanwhile, president Ghani also met victims of war, families of martyred security forces and People’s Peace Movement (PPM) representatives on Friday evening at the presidential palace.
The President acknowledged the problems in providing the concession and other rights but asked the representatives to prepare a list of the disabled and martyred families for better provide of coupons and aid.
President Ghani ordered the head of Administrative Affairs Office at the Presidential Palace to create a special secretariat for the disabled and martyrs’ families.
According to another report, the president also met representatives of the National Women Coalition for Peace. At the meeting, the president said that government was protecting women’s rights.
“This system is a legacy of the nation, which will appoint its next president. But our focus should be on the system,” the president said, hailing women’s rule as crucial.
According to president, this was the first time in Afghanistan history that 30 percent of women attended a big national event like Loya Jirga on peace process in the country.
Meanwhile women representatives hailed President Ghani and First Lady Rula Ghani’s efforts for inclusion of women in politics, government policies, governance and national processes.
In another meeting with Herat representatives that attended consultative Loya Jirga in Kabul, President Ghani said Herat industrialists’ demands were on the working priorities of the government. Thanking Herat representatives’ active participation in consultative Loya Jirga, the president said that Afghan nation unitedly showed their will for peace and asked the western province representatives to deliver the message of peace to their people. The Herat representatives applauded government’s programs for peace and congratulated the president for successful holding of the Loya Jirga. They enumerated a number of their problems and demands, including addressing those affected by recent floods, allocating proper budget for development programs of the province, implementation of long-awaited development projects, extension of electricity to districts and construction of water dams and hospital for mother and children.
The Kabul Times