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Protestors accuse central govt of neglecting Paktia

Protestors accuse central govt of neglecting Paktia

Sep 09, 2015 - 15:14

GARDEZ (Pajhwok):  Hundreds of businessmen, civil societyinfo-icon activists and provincial council members on Wednesday blocked the Kabulinfo-icon-Gardez Highway in southeastern Paktia province, officials said.

The protestors accused the central government of discriminating against the people of the province, which received little support in terms of reconstructioninfo-icon and security from Kabul.

Nearly 300 protestors blocked the Kabul-Gardez highway in the Teri Kandaw area, asking the central government to pay more attention to the province; otherwise they would continue peaceful demonstrations.

Traders’ Union head Dr. Nasir Alamyar told Pajhwok Afghan News they wanted the Gardez-Patan road paved, revival of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Investment Support Agency (AISA) office and an industrial park in Paktia.

Over the past few years, they have been sharing the issues of the province with the central government, but no is has so far positively responded to their requests, he said.

Similarly, another businessman, Haji Khyal Mohammad, complained lack of attention from the central government to the province had stymied entrepreneurship activities there.

Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides of the busy during blockade of the main highway for two hours, causing problems for passengers. But no untoward incident happened.






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