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Police accused for harassing drivers, passengers on Ghazni-Paktika highway

Police accused for harassing drivers, passengers on Ghazni-Paktika highway

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May 03, 2018 - 18:33

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Drivers and passengers of Ghazni-Paktika highway complained they had been harassed and forced by police to pay money.

Nearly two months back, passengers of Ghazni-Paktika highway erected a protest tent in Paktika province and claimed that Talibaninfo-icon were taking passengers off from cars while police were harassing them for extorting money on the highway.

In response to the protest, government officials promised to increase security posts on the highway and take those police forces who extort money from people to justice.

However, Abdul Ahad, a driver of the highway, on Thursday told Pajhwok Afghan News that police forces were still harassing them and extort money from them.

“Police take more than 1,000 Pakistani rupees from each driver on the highway, if anyone refuses to pay money police will attack and beat him,” he said.

Ahad said that the highway police recently took money from a car carrying wedding guests on the highway.

Lal Mohammad, another driver of the highway, said that police stopped taking money from them for a week after their last protest, but they again started taking money from drivers.

“Few days back, the highway police opened fire on moving cars and as result, many people were injured, when people warn police that they will complaint about their harassment to the governor, the police replay that they do not fear even from president Ashraf Ghani,” he said.

Noor Mohammad, a resident of the capital of Ghazni province, said that he several times shared the problem with the local and zonal officials, but no action was so far taken on the regard.

“When we shared the problem with the governor, he cried and told us that he will pay double the amount of money police forces taken from us, but we told him that police should ensure highway security,” he said.

On the other hand, Ghazni Governor Abdul Karim Matin, said all the police forces of the highway were changed for resolving the problem.

“We will arrest all policemen who taken money from people and take them to justice,” he said.

People in the past also complained about security problems on Ghazni-Paktika highway.

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