Provincial Council Elections

KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Sunday took to the streets in eastern province of Nangarhar to protest the omission of the words Afghan and Islam from new electronic national identity cards.
After the parliament approved the Census Law last year, some lawmakers, civil society activists and political parties protested for the inclusion of the two words in new ID cards.
But some people agreed with the parliamentary decision that the mention of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was enough to prove the holder’s nationality and religion.

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents on Wednesday rallied in southeastern Paktia province demanding the word “Afghan” to be mentioned in the biometric national identity cards.
A test distribution drive of the electronic ID cards was expected on August 19, but it was postponed indefinitely by the Presidential Palace amid political wrangling.
Hundreds of residents, including provincial council members, tribal elders, and civil society activists held a rally in Gardez, the capital of Paktia, and asked the government to write word “Afghan” in the ID cards.

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Five hundreds internally displaced families were assisted with food items in the northeastern province of Badakhshanon Wednesday, officials said.
A total of 45 tonnes of food items were provided by the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) to IDPs from Yamgan, Jurm and Warduj districts.
The affected families are currently in Jurm and Baharak districts, ANDMAprovincial head Syed Abdullah Humayun, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Religious scholars and tribal elders from various districts of southern Zabul province on Tuesday blamed insecurity on administrative corruption and injustices being meted out to people by local officials.
They were talking at a gathering convened by Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi to discuss security related issues with them in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Five members of an uprising group and four Taliban militants were killed during a clash in the Andar district of southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.
The governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Shafiq Nang, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban militants stormed the uprising group’s posts in Gandyr village last night.
Five members of the rebellion including their commander were killed and another three were wounded in the firefight that followed the attack.

FARA CITY (Pajhwok): Members of the Provincial Council (PC) on Monday complained against the increasing number of mysterious killings in the capital of western Farah province, asking the government to prevent the loss of precious lives.
Deputy head of the council, Khair Mohammad Moorzai, told a gathering that more than 20 persons, including security officials and common people, had been mysteriously killed during the past three months.
He said targeted killings had terrified people and had deprived them of a free movement.

KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Some 2,000 more families in northern Kunduz province have been displaced due to fear of conflict, living in dire conditions.
The families have been displaced over the past week from Qara-i-Qachi, Kobayee, Kunum, Hazrat Sultan, Khwaja Ghaltan and other localities.
Mohammad Yusuf Ayubi, provincial council head, said the displaced families lived in relatives’ houses, rented places or in the open, waiting for stability to return to their areas.

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Illegal gunmen have become so stronger that they have disarmed policemen and forced people into complying with implement their directives in central Daikundi province.
Provincial Council (PC) member Hadi Rahimizada claimed on Saturday the armed men recently captured 23 policemen and snatched their weapons and vehicles in the Ishterli district.


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