Ubiquitous road barriers -- nuisance for Ghazni residents
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Ghazni province complain barriers on road have created problems for them, but officials insist the security measureis aimed to prevent car bombings.
“Roads to our shops have been blocked by the barriers, so costumers don’t come to purchase our goods,” a shopkeeper in Bazazi area of Ghazni City, Ahmad Khalid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
In addition to crippling their businesses, the barriers also led to traffic jams that constituted a nuisance for residents, he grumbled, stressing a solution to the long-pestering problem.
Also barricaded is the road to the provincial guesthouse,affecting their business, said another shopkeeper, Sardar Mohammad, who asked the government to avoid inconveniencing the people.
Such barricades or any similar acts busted the moral of locals besides damaging public confidence in the government in terms of maintaining security, argued a writer, Mohammad Arif Noori.
“Theauthorities should reopen all roads forthwith to regain public confidence. The officials have even blocked footpaths,” he noted, believing the measure had been counterproductive.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) head in the province, Ali Ahmad Mubarez, also opposed road barricades, saying such acts could neither prevent the enemies nor ensure security, but only created problems for the people.
They have been discussing the issue with governor and other local officials, he said.
However, Governor Mohammad Aman Hamim acknowledged some of the roads had been blocked to ensure security in the city, not to create problems for the ordinary people.
“Barricades have been placed on some of the roads to prevent possible car bombingsby the Taliban,” he argued, saying the fighters had been trying to disrupt security.
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