Judges, attorneys not available in 3 Khost districts

Khost JadgeDecember 31, 2018, KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Despite being relatively secure, three districts in southeastern Khost province have been without judges and attorneys, said non-governmental organization The Liaison Office (TLO) on Monday.


Alisher, Bak and Musakhel are the three districts in Khost province where attorneys and judges are not available to address people’s legal cases, said Sharifullah Ihsas, TLO justice project director.

He told a gathering his office had arranged in Khost City, the provincial capital, that disgrace to human dignity, non-availability of women judges, attorneys and lawyers and lack of access to dispute resolution were issues plaguing the province judicial sector.

Khost appellant court official Mohammad Mashal Wahaj told the gathering that due to insecurity in far-flung areas, judges were unable to visit them. He said the judiciary had witnessed major developments but some problem still existed. "With induction of new judges, the judicial sector experienced a major positive development and the element of corruption diminished to a greater extent," he said.

Police Chief Brig. Gen. Akhtar Mohammad Noorzai said government service members faced no security problems in all 12 districts of Khost province. "With the grace of Allah, there is stability in all 12 Khost districts, including Alisher, Bak and Musakhel, I don’t know why the honourable judges do not go to their districts?" he questioned.

President Ashraf Ghani has recently ordered all judicial and attorney officials working in provincial capitals to move to their basic area of duty station in districts.

Source: Pajhwok