President Ghani dismisses 30 “incompetent” govt and security officials in Herat province

Sending strong message to government and security officials in other provinces, President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday dismissed 30 senior government officials in eastern province of Herat.

Among the officials reportedly dismissed include head of provincial attorney office, district security chiefs, head of customs office and employees of local government.

Herat, one of the safest provinces in Afghanistan, has recently witnessed a spurt in incidents of violence. The armed insurgents have made inroads in many districts, creating alarm among the people.

President Ghani, who led a government delegation to Herat on Saturday, emphasized on strengthening security in the province and creating a climate for economic development.

Herat, which contributes massively to national economy, has been severely affected by deteriorating security, which has discouraged many potential investors.

This year, according to Seros Alaf, senior official in Herat Chambers of Commerce and Industries, has not been favorable for business and trade in the province.

“At least twenty percent investors have left the province and are now investing in other countries like Iran, UAE and Turkey,” says Mr. Alaf.

This year, according to Seros Alaf, senior official in Herat Chambers of Commerce and Industries, has not been favorable for business and trade in the province 

President Ghani’s visit to Herat comes after a government-appointed committee submitted its report to presidential palace last week. The report, assessing the security situation in Herat, made many key recommendations, including the dismissal of provincial governor, Syed Fazullah Wahidi.

The decision to dismiss Mr. Wahidi, according to experts, is based on a presidential decree after he was found incompetent to deal with deteriorating security situation in Herat by the government-appointed committee.

President’s spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai on Saturday said the visit was aimed at evaluating security situation in the province in the wake of spurt in incidents of violence.

Accompanied by some acting ministers, it was President Ghani’s first visit to the province since he has assumed office. During the visit, he met local government officials, university teachers and members of the civil society. 

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