KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander, who has lost his both arms and an eye to a bomb blast, is still awaiting medical treatment.
Local officials have not yet take measures for his treatment, despite directives from President Ashraf Ghani, complains Sherin Kharoti, the ex-ALP commander from the Awmna district of southeastern Paktika province.
He lost his hands and an eye four years ago, Kharoti recalls, saying five members of his family serving in Afghan National Army (ANA) and police ranks had lost their lives to the conflict.
During his trip to Paktika province last year, he adds, President Ghani met him and directed his personal secretary Abdul Rahim Zeerak to send Kharoti to India for treatment.
He grumbled Zeerak had not yet answered his phone call. “I came to Kabul three months back and have since been living in a hotel.
However, I have been unable to meet the presidential secretary or any other official so far,” he continues.
Khoaroti has met presidential advisor Ziaul Haq Amarkhel 20 days back. Ghani’s aide assured him of taking up the issue to relevant officials. But this is yet to happen.
The former commander says he wants the government to send him abroad for treatment, nothing else.
Zeerak explains the president had directed the Paktika governor to share Kharoti’s information with the Presidential Palace and thereby help it take the required steps.
He promises prompt action will be taken after information about the former ALP official is shared with the Palace.