Bermel District hosts “1,000-man shura”

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Written by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane Friday, 23 April 2010 10:34

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- Village elders listen to the proceedings of the “1,000-man shura” held in Bermel district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, April 22. Newly-appointed Gov. Mohib Ullah Samim attended the shura and detailed to local citizens his plans and priorities for the province. Samim was introduced to Paktika province in a ceremony held yesterday at the governor’s compound in Sharana. The shura was called for by the Afghanistan Border Police commander for the area, Maj. Gen. Mullahkhel. (courtesy photo) PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- Village elders listen to the proceedings of the “1,000-man shura” held in Bermel district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, April 22. Newly-appointed Gov. Mohib Ullah Samim attended the shura and detailed to local citizens his plans and priorities for the province. Samim was introduced to Paktika province in a ceremony held yesterday at the governor’s compound in Sharana. The shura was called for by the Afghanistan Border Police commander for the area, Maj. Gen. Mullahkhel. (courtesy photo) PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- Village elders listen to the proceedings of the “1,000-man shura” held in Bermel district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, April 22. Newly-appointed Gov. Mohib Ullah Samim attended the shura and detailed to local citizens his plans and priorities for the province. Samim was introduced to Paktika province in a ceremony held yesterday at the governor’s compound in Sharana. The shura was called for by the Afghanistan Border Police commander for the area, Maj. Gen. Mullahkhel. (courtesy photo) PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- In his first official trip outside the provincial capital of Sharana, Governor Mohib Ullah Samim traveled to the Eastern Paktika district of Bermel to participate in a "1,000 man" shura, April 22.

 


Less than 24 hours after his inauguration ceremony, the event, primarily a security shura organized by Afghan Border Police Maj. Gen. Mullahkhel, gave Samim a chance to highlight several of his governing priorities to a crowd of about 300 Bermel citizens.

The name “1,000 man” shura reflects the Waziri tribal elders’ hope that someday this shura will have a thousand Paktika citizens from Bermel and the surrounding districts to affirm their commitment to peace and security.
 
Samim called upon the Waziri tribal elders, the dominant tribe in Bermel, to work with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to bring security and development to their villages. 

During his remarks, Samim called himself a “servant for Paktika's citizens.”

Noting that the enemy is seeking to destroy the country, Samim charged the audience with supporting "your sons" in the Afghan National Security Forces. 

According to Samim, after 30 years of war, the country and province are improving, but more can be done.

Though never before a governor, Samim has experience working in provincial governance. He served as the provincial director of information and culture in his native Ghazni province and also worked as a sub-governor in two Ghazni districts prior to his previous job as a publisher of a private magazine in Kabul.

 


“Coalition forces came to Afghanistan to build your country, not to destroy it,” said Samim. He then highlighted, as he had in his inauguration speech, the importance of education, pledging to seek more development support from the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team and to specifically focus on building schools.

 

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- Gov. Mohib Ullah Samim (second from left), along with other provincial and district officials, wait to address the estimated 300 village elders and citizens of Bermel District during the “1,000-man shura” held at the Bermel District Center in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, April 22. Samim, in his first official trip away from the capital of Sharana since being inaugurated yesterday, attended the shura and detailed to local citizens his plans and priorities for the province. The shura was called by the Afghanistan Border Police commander for the area, Maj. Gen. Mullahkhel and focused on security, development and governance initiatives. (courtesy photo)
 

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