Baghlan-Kunduz highway blockade enters 4th day
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Protestors kept blocked the Baghlan-Kunduz highway for a fourth consecutive day on Sunday, even not allowing dead bodies to be passed off.
More than 200 people have blocked the busy highway in Parchawah area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, demanding the shifting of Baghlan’s capital to Baghlan-i-Markazi district. The road is reopened for traffic only during night.
Arbab Shamsullah, a resident of Mangal village of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, said: “We want to put pressure on the government by blocking this road to shift the Baghlan University and the governor’s house to our district.”
The Baghlan-i-Markazi had been the provincial capital before it was shifted to Pul-i-Khumri in 1989 when Syed Jafar Naderi was the governor of Baghlan during Dr. Najibullah’s rule.
Shamsullah said the Presidential Palace had contacted them and a delegation would be sent to them to assess their problems.
The residents blocked the highway at 7am on Sunday morning, renewing their demand for the central government to resolve their problems.
Hundreds of cars full of passengers and loaded trucks were stranded on the highway that connects nine provinces in the north with Kabul.
Passengers criticised the road blockade, asking the protestors not to create problems for people and instead stage their rally in a park or in an open area.
One of them Sufi Abdul Alim who was shifting the corpse of his cousin who was soldier in Helmand and killed during a fight said, “The protestors did not allow us to carry the corpse, we forced to carry it by our shoulders and then put it in another car for shifting it to Nahrain district,”
Deputy Baghlan governor Abdul Qadim Niazai said they could not use force to reopen the highway because the protest could turn violent.
He said they were awaiting the delegation from Kabul to arrive and resolve the issue.
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