Afghan official writes to president via Facebook

London, Dec 21 (IANS) Can Facebook be used as a tool for official communication by government functionaries? A deputy governor in Afghanistan just did that.

Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar has made a plea to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Facebook for help in fighting the Taliban, BBC reported.

Rasoulyar took to the social network to say that 90 soldiers had been killed in the past two days in Helmand and that the province could fall to the Taliban.

Facebook “isn’t a good source to deliver the message”, he admitted, but “Helmand will collapse to the enemies and it was not like Kunduz, where we could launch an operation from the airport to retake it. That is just impossible and a dream,” he wrote.

“Be quick and act on this! Protect Helmand from this life and death situation and distance yourself from the circle of those lawyers who tell you everything is OK and the situation is normal,” he added.

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