Ghazni residents complain of growing insecurity on highways
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A number of residents of southern Ghazni province have complained they do not feel safe while traveling to the provincial capital because of growing robbery and incidents of violence.
Mohammad Halim, a shopkeeper in Giro district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the district road to the capital of Ghazni was insecure and people were unwillingly travel to Ghazni city.
“Bombs are planted on roads everywhere. We cannot go to Ghazni city for buying goods for our shops,” he said.
In addition to Afghan Local Police (ALP) members deployed for safety of the road, some other armed groups also take money from people under different pretext, Halim added.
Rahimullah, a dweller of Rashidan district, said they were faced clashes between Taliban and security forces on the district road. He said that people could go to city and buy their needs.
“People cannot go to the city and local shopkeepers sell their goods on double cost to local residents,” Rahimullah added, saying that ALP and other armed men force people to pay money to them.
Mohammad Tahir, a resident of Godali area of Zanakhan district, said that Ghazni city was also not safe. “Police themselves cannot protect their lives in Ghazni city so how they would protect other people,” he said.
Ghazni people demanded security organs to ensure security on the highways and roads so people could safely travel to capital of the province for shopping and other needs.
However, Ghazni police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar said he had directed police forces to adopt strict measures and ensure security on local roads and highways during Eid days.
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