Protestors again block Kabul-North Highway
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The Kabul-North Highway was again blocked by hundreds of protestors on Saturday while rallying against the government inaction to rescue besieged security forces in Janikhel district of southwestern Paktia province.
The highway was blocked on Friday but later it was briefly reopened on Saturday morning. The protestors numbering around 300 blocked the Kabul-Pul-i-Khumri Highway on Friday against what they said government’s negligence to rescue the trapped security forces
Ali Ahmad, a former jihadi commander, who attended the rally, told Pajhwok Afghan News his sons serving in the Afghan National Army (ANA) had been besieged by Taliban insurgents over the past few days in Janikhel district, but the government was paying no attention to get them free.
He said there was no positive response from the government and they had to again close the highway for traffic since 10am on Saturday morning.
Ahmad had earlier said the route was temporarily opened at about 1am on Friday night and if the government failed to act and rescue the security personnel in Janikhel, they would again close the highway and wouldn’t open it until the security personnel and his sons were rescued and the siege broken.
Haji Wali, father of one of the soldiers in Janikhel, said: “My son serves in ANA, over the past four days he has been surrounded; but the government hasn’t taken any action to rescue the soldiers.”
The road blockage left hundreds of vehicles and passengers stranded on the highway.
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