Baghlan-Kunduz highway closure continues for 5th day
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Protestors kept blocked the Baghlan-Kunduz highway for a fifth consecutive day on Monday, when a delegation from Presidential Palace arrived in the area to address the issue.
More than 200 people have blocked the busy highway in Parchawah area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, demanding the shifting of Baghlan’s capital. The road was reopened for traffic only at night.
Hafizullah Suleman Khel,an organisor of the protest, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “The road would be kept blocked until the government resolves our problem.”He said they were waiting for the delegation to discuss the issue with them.
The Baghlan-i-Markazi had been 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.
The residents blocked the highway at 7am on Monday morning, renewing their demand for the central government to resolve their problem.Hundreds of vehicles full of passengers and loaded trucks were stranded on both sides of the road.
Deputy Governor Abdul Qadim Niazi said a delegation from the Presidential Palace, the Ministry of Interior and Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) had arrived in Baghlan late on Sunday to meet security organs.
He said the delegation would also meet with the protestors and convince them about the issue to let traffic on the highway.
A police official of the district, 1st Lt. Fawad said the protestors even did not allow people to walk the blocked portion of the highway.He added they could not use force to reopen the road because the protest could turn violent.
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.
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