Normalcy limping back to Kunduz City; price hike persists
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The capital of northern Kunduz province has returned to normalcy after two weeks of fighting, but residents complain against soaring prices of essential commodities and possible insurgent attacks.
Two weeks back, hundreds of Taliban militants stormed the strategic city from various directions, capturing the town after a few hours of clashes with the security forces.
But the city was purged of insurgents gradually and peace had been restored to most parts. Shops have reopened, but residents continue face problems and the authorities have failed to address their concerns.
Some people say a large number of inhabitants come out of their houses without any fear. There is no immediate threat from the rebels. Mohammad Rassoul, 45, has eight family.
He claims many are faced with lack of food items because they have already consumed all they had during the Taliban’s capture of the city.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News 7 kilograms of flour sold for 350 afghanis, up from 220 afghanis before the crisis in Kunduz erupted.
The price of one bread jumped from 10 to 50 afghanis due to the capture of the city and blockade of supply routes. Electricity was restored last night, while people still suffer from a shortage of water, he adds.
Hashmatullah, another resident of Kunduz City, recalls: “We have gone through horrible times over the past two weekswhen war was underway in the city. Our families had to be content with eating only bread.
“We were under threat of food and water shortages,” he says, confirming the rates of basic items shot up during the siege of Kunduz City. The man urges the authorities to address people’s urgent issues.
Police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini verifies clash with rebels are still underway on the outskirts of the city. The Taliban, without fighting, have left some areas and security forces are advancing toward more sensitive locations, he asserts.
He insists the entire provincial capital has been purged of rebels and check-posts have been installed on all entry and exits routes.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullahtold a Cabinet meeting on Monday a lot of progress had been made in recent days in Kunduz City as security forces had cleared most parts of the town.
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