Security up in Mazar-i-Sharif for Nawroz festival
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials have assured tight security measures for celebrations of the Nawroz festival commencing from March 21 in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province.
Balkh acting police Chief Col. Abdur Razaq Qaderi, while deploying a security unit at the Hazrat Ali Mausoleum a day earlier, told Pajhwok Afghan News the city’s security was maintained to the most extent.
Every year, Mazar-i-Sharif hosts a number of programmes celebrating the new Persian year. People from across the country visit Mazar-i-Sharif to attend the festivities.
Qaderi said security posts had been established after every 73 meters to ensure foolproof security and the Mazar-Kabul and the Mazar-Shiberghan highways were also under the security blanket.
He said illegal weapons were not allowed to be entered the city and even licensed weapons would be collected by police and returned to the carriers after the celebrations had ended.
Despite tight security measures, some resident of the city stressed that security organs should be more active and vigilant to deal with possible plots.
Mohammad Salim, a resident of the third police district, said the Taliban would try to disrupt the situation during the festival.
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