Provincial Council Elections

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): This year almond prices have been incased in central Dikundi province, earning 1.05 billion afghanis to the farmers through selling and exporting to India, , an official said on Saturday.
Last year, the revenue from the total 7700 tonnes of almond was nearly 770 million afs while this year at least 1.05 billion afs revenue received from 7000 tonnes due to increase of almond price from 100 afs to 150 afs per kg this year, the director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Mihdi Mowahidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Taliban militants captured the Gorzaiwan district of northern Faryab province on Thursday afternoon, a public representative said.
Sayed Abdul Baqi Hashemi, the provincial council head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Sarchakan, the district center, fell to Taliban at around 5:00pm.
Gorzaiwan, which is 100 kilometres from Maimana, the provincial capital, borders Sar-i-Pul, Ghor and Jawzjan provinces.

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): As many as 1,000 people, including some former jihadi commanders, recently gathered in central Baghlan province and pledged support to the security forces in the fight against insurgents.
Civil society activists, on the other hand, expressed their concerns and reservations about the new role the former fighters are eyeing. They argue the issue will become even more intractable once peace is restored to the country.

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The prosecutor for northern Jawzjan province on Wednesday alleged gunmen of Provincial Council (PC) members had beaten him. He closed the department to protest the attack.
Prosecutor General Hafizullah Khaliqyar said some provincial council members and more than 10 gunmen forced their way into his office and demanded their “illegal demands” be met. 

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Khost Provincial Council (PC) members on Wednesday asked resident to fully cooperate with the security forces in maintaining the law and order situation.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, PC member Janmir Zazai said Khost was one of peaceful provinces of the country due to the preparedness of security forces and all-out cooperation from residents.

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Provincial council members on Wednesday said harsh winter would bring more woes to families displaced by the ongoing conflict in Shinwari zone of eastern Nangarhar province.
About 13,000 families have been displaced as a result of infighting between rival militant groups and their clashes with security forces in the zone encompassing three districts.
These families are now living in houses of their relatives and in temporary shelters that can provide scant protection from the cold. Almost all these families need assistance.


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