Heratis voice concern over deteriorating security situation

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HERAT: Fed-up residents in western Herat province had issued a two-week ultimatum to the government to ensure their security; nevertheless, a renowned and wealthy businessman was recently assassinated in broad daylight.


Tribal councils, provincial council representatives, religious scholars, citizens and communities had in tandem given a 15-day warning to the government to secure the province.


However, a businessman and a tribal elder named Haji Nikbagh Dashti was gunned down in the provincial capital on Thursday.


The insecurity has worried residents while Herat’s governor promises efforts to release 13 influential people recently kidnapped in the province.


Herat is one of the western provinces that has been becoming insecure with each passing day.


Kidnappings, robberies, assassinations and the Taliban’s checkpoints on highways are commonplace, something that has worried people.


Maulvi Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Ansari and Herat Provincial Council Chief Kamran Alizai called the situation worrisome, demanding immediate actions in this regard.


Flaying the government’s negligence, Herat citizens have warned of staging mass protests unless government authorities brought the situation under control.  


On the other hand, Herat Governor Sayed Wahid Qataali claimed the security situation in the province had improved, saying that they were trying to reduce the levels of insecurity and crime.


It’s pertinent to mention that Haji Naik Bagh Dashti, a prominent tribal businessman and a popular leader in the province, was murdered in the middle of the city on Thursday. Meanwhile, the vehicle of the governor’s house Human Resources in-charge was stolen at gunpoint in the provincial capital on Friday.