Rebels block Daikundi, Ghor roads; commodities prices shoot up
BAMYAN (Pajhwok): The residents of central Daikundi and western Ghor provinces are concerned about road blockades by insurgents, which cause prices of daily use commodities to surge manifold, officials said Thursday.
Officials said that militants have blocked the roads of Kajran, Kiti and Khadir districts of Daikundi; Pasaband district of Ghor and Nawmish district of southern Helmand province to provincial capitals from the past one month.
Haji Bal, Nawmish district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News militants have taken 14 trucks and eight passengers’ cars along with 30 passengers, drivers and helpers with themselves in the center of Baghran district.
He said local elders of Nawmish district on Wednesday discussed with the militants to open the road, but Taliban said they would conditionally reopen the road.
Taliban set conditions that all security personnel and government officers of Nawmish serving in different parts of the country should immediately leave their jobs and return to their homes.
Another condition set by militants was that 50 people of Nawmsih should stand with Taliban and fight against the government. The third condition of Taliban said the goods in Nawmish areas should not be sold to the residents of Kiti, Kajran and Khadir districts of neighboring Daikundi province.
He said Taliban said that local residents should destroy security posts in parts of the area and take some areas of Kajran district from government.
Bal said that local elders have several times met with Taliban in the district to open the road but the Taliban said it was the decision of Quetta Shura (council) and Taliban’s military commission to keep the road blocked.
Haji Afzal, a resident of Nawmish district, said the price of essential goods have increased three times after the roads of Nawmish, Kajran and Kiti districts were closed. He said that prices of one bag of 50 kilograms of flour had risen to 3,500 Afghanis.
“The government has no writ in the area, and security forces can’t resist against the Taliban. The roads of the areas are blocked for nearly two months by militants, but the government did nothing to control the situation,” he said.
Kiti district chief Murtaza Alimi said people had faced huge problems after the road in Baghran district of Helmand to Daikundi was blocked.
He said Kabul-Daikundi route which was an alternative to Kandahar-Daikundi highway take three days for a truck to transport goods. While the transportation on Kandahar-Daikundi highway took only one day to reach to Daikundi province.
Taliban did not comment on the issue as of yet.
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