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Protestors block Kabul-Kandahar highway for a second day

Protestors block Kabul-Kandahar highway for a second day

Mar 04, 2018 - 18:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hundreds of enraged people blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway for a second day on Sunday to protest civilian deaths blamed on gunmen in uniform in southern Ghazni province.

The protest was started after two people including a child were killed by a number of armed men who attacked a house in Shirabad area of Qarabagh district of Ghazni on Friday night.

In response to the incident, hundreds of residents of Qarabagh district blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway in their area and capital of Ghazni province since Saturday.

Naqibullah Khaksar, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they would not open the road until the murderers arrested.

“The governor did not come here so far to meet with us, we cannot go to the governor and start pleading to solve our problem,” he said.

Aminullah, another protestor, said that dispute over irrigation water was ongoing between the people of Shirabad and Nekhti area since the last one and half a year.

“The governor is incompetent, if he could resolve this problem during this period then no one could have been killed or the road blocked,” he said.

On the other hand, many people stranded on both sides of the road are faced with various problems.

Habibullah, a driver of the highway, told Pajhwok that he reached to Ghazni city on Saturday noon but the road was still not reopened until Sunday.

“The protestors should open the road because they created problems for people, they should hold the government accountable to solve their problem,” he said.

A passenger, Ahmadullah, who also stranded on the highway, said, “I am traveling from Kandahar to Kabul along with a patient, the road is blocked and we are at trouble,”

Provicnal police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Mamozai on Saturday during a meeting with the protestors promised to follow the Qarabagh incident and take the perpetrators to justice.

He had asked the protestors to reopen the road for traffic. However, the protestors erected a tent on the road and totally blocked it late on Saturday.

The incident comes months after a clash between residents of the two localities left one person dead. The cash was over a water issue.




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