Some 200 protestors block Baghlan-Kunduz road
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Protestors demanding the transfer of northern Baghlan province’s capital to Baghlan-i-Markazi district on Thursday blocked the Baghlan-Kunduz highway, provoking the anger of commuters.
Around 200 people blocked the highway in Parchawah area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district at 11:00am.
Arbab Farmoz, one of the protestors and member of the district council, said the government should transfer the governor’s house to the Baghlan-i-Markazi district.
He said the capital of Baghlan had been in Baghlan-i-Markazi district the past and its residents were forgotten after Pul-i-Khumri was announced as the provincial capital.
The provincial capital was shifted from Baghlan-i-Markazi district to Pul-i-Khumri in 1989 when Dr. Najibullah was the president.
Ahmad Javid, another protestor, said that the governor’s house must be shifted to their district. He said other government departments could be transferred later.
“No reconstruction projects had been carried out in our district. We believe the district could develop when the capital is relocated from Pul-i-Khumri to the district,” he said.
However, stranded passengers strongly criticised the road blockade. One of them Ahmad Shah, who accompanied his six family members from Kabul to Kunduz province, said: “No law allows protestors to block roads. People should press for their demands away from roads.”
He said the government was also weak and could not control such mobs. “We waited two hours for reopening of the road. The protestors have created problems for people,” he added.
Tens of cars full of passengers were stopped at both ends of the protest on the highway until 1:30pm.
But local officials said they could not address the demand of the protestors. Only the Cabinet and the Presidential Palace had the authority to decide about relocating the provincial capital, they insisted.
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