Baghlan-Kunduz highway blocked for 3rd consecutive day
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Protestors, demanding the shifting of Baghlan’s capital to the Baghlan-i-Markazi district, blocked the Baghlan-Kunduz highway for a third day running on Saturday.
Over the past two days, more than 200 people have blocked the busy highway in the Parchawah area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district. But the road was reopened after intervention from local officials.
For the second time, they again closed the road at 10:30am on Friday, puttingcarpets on the highway until 5pm.
If their demand for shifting the provincial capital and the university to the to the district centre were not met, the protestors warned of continueddemonstrations.
Deputy GovernorAbdul Qadeem Niazi told thema delegation had been sent to Kabul to share the issue with high-ranking officials, but his assurance cut little ice with the district people.
For a third consecutive day on Saturday, the resident blocked the Kunduz-Baghlan highway, pressing for their demand and asking the central government to resolve their problems.
Baghlan-i-Markazi had been the capital of the province before it was shifted to Pul-i-Khumri in 1989 when Syed Jafar Naderi was the governor of Baghlan during Dr. Najibullah’s rule.
Hundreds of cars full of passengers and loaded trucks were stranded on both ends of the highway that connects nine provinces in the north with Kabul.
Passengers criticised the road blockade, asking the protestors not to create problems for the people but conduct their rally in a park or in an open areas.
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