Kabul residents protest closure of roads for lawmakers
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents on Tuesday protested the closure of roads to facilitate lawmakers’ travel to the parliament, creating traffic problems for commuters in the capital.
About a hundred capital inhabitants gathered in front of the parliament building and blocked the road, calling for the legislators not to create trouble for the ordinary people.
Samim Tawan, a Katib University student who participated in the rally, complained he left his home at 7am daily but reached the university two hours late due to frequent road closures.
Ironically, the student added, his home was only one kilometer from Katib University, located near the parliament building in the Darul Aman neighbourhood of Kabul.
“The Darul Aman road is blocked daily for lawmakers but no one cares about the plight of the poor residents, who find it increasingly hard reaching their workplaces in time,” he said.
Shafiq Ahmad, an officer of the Ministry of Education, said he lived in Haji Nabi Township. He left his home at 6:30am but made it to his office 9:30am due to the road blockades in Darul Aman. He claimed he was marked absent every day.
A mini-bus driver, Karimullah, said the Darul Aman Road was blocked for three hours daily from 7am to 10am after the parliament’s summer recess ended. “This situation has forced me to stop driving and start cleaning others’ cars.”
The protestors warned of continued demonstrations as long as the lawmakers did not put a stop to the practice, which inconvenienced the public. They urged the authorities to address the public-interest issue on priority.
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