President Ashraf Ghani, during a trip to the eastern province of Nangarhar on Thursday, pledged to expand development projects in the province as he did in Kandahar and Herat province.
He also promised to hire an additional 4,000 teachers for Nangahar schools.
But lawmakers in the parliament and residents in Nangarhar have described Ghani’s trip as merely symbolic.
“We will give 4,000 additional posts for teachers in Nangarhar,” said Ghani.
“You talk about Nangarhar, but what has been done here? Nothing has been done in the previous term or this time,” said Zabiullah Zmarai, a civil society activist in Nangarhar.
“We don’t want anything, but the 02 (an Afghan security unit) should stop operations in Nangarhar, particularly in the peaceful areas, we call on the president to concentrate on the demands of the people in Nangarhar,” said Abdul Rauf Eshpon, an MP.
“The plan which has been designed for the city of Jalalabad, if implemented regularly, the city of Jalalabad will be one of the best cities in the region,” said Ghani speaking to crowds in Jalalabad city, the center of Nangarhar.
Meanwhile, Afghan Fist Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that Nangarhar is one of the provinces where the majority of its youth serve in the ranks of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF).
“Now is the time to focus on Nangarhar,” said Ghani.
Ghani also pledged to recruit 1,000 people in the structure of the public uprising forces in Hesarak, Khogyani and Sherzad districts to help improve the security situation in the mentioned districts.