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Clampdown on illegal cars sparks protest in Kunduz



Clampdown on illegal cars sparks protest in Kunduz

Feb 09, 2017 - 15:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Residents on Thursday protested against a police clampdown on unregistered vehicles in the capital of northern Kunduz province, saying the campaign was economically hurting hundreds of families.

Around 300 people, mostly drivers, took part in the protest rally and asked local officials to address factors causing insecurity before confiscating vehicles which lacked documents.  

They warned if their demand was paid no by local authorities, they would withdraw support to security forces. The protestors chanted slogans ‘death to the governor’ in front of the governor’s house.

Salarzai, one of the protestors, said Kunduz’s security situation was fragile as Talibaninfo-icon existed in one kilometer from the governor’s house. Security forces instead of resolving the security problem were engaged in torturing ordinary people, he said.

He claimed security forces had so far impounded more than 200 undocumented vehicles. “By seizing vehicles, security can never be ensured; rather it paves the ground for traffic police corruption. The rich get their vehicles back by giving money.”

Mohammad Rafiq, a resident of Kunduz city, whose car was confiscated by security personnel yesterday, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I am a driver of someone else’s car; I earn 300 afs on a daily basis. I don’t know what to do now?”

He said there were many vehicles which lacked documents in Kunduz. He said the current security situation was not that stable and security forces shouldn’t use all their energy on collecting illegal vehicles. Security forces should first improve security then take action against illegal vehicles, he said.

However, Sayed Qurban Musa, 20th Pamir Division Chief of Staff, said: “This isn’t our duty to confiscate illegal vehicles, but we are doing so compliance with the governor’s instructions.”

He said since yesterday, 200 vehicles had been confiscated and handed over to the traffic police. There has been so far no word from the local administration in this regard.


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