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Torkham customs officials go on indefinite strike

Torkham customs officials go on indefinite strike

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Jul 04, 2018 - 16:48

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Officials at the customs department in the border town of Torkham in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday went on strike which they said would continue until their demands were accepted.

The protesting officials said incidents of armed robberies, targeted killings and other insecurities had increased on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway and warned not to return to their job until their demands were met.

They claimed four customs employees were kidnapped on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway during the past month. One of them was released after the payment of ransom money and the three others remained missing, the striking officials said.

The latest incident happened on Tuesday when an ordinary worker of the customs department was kidnapped on his way to Jalalabad city.

Provincial authorities confirmed insecurity on the busiest road had increased and said a plan was being worked out to ensure security on all major highways.

An official at the customs office, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News his colleagues boycotted work this morning and warned they would not attend jobs until their demands were met.

He said their four employees were abducted recently and one of them was freed against money and a fifth was kidnapped on Tuesday whose salary was only 6000 afghanis per month.

Members of the Torkham customs commissioners association said they supported the boycott because they faced the same problems.

Hazrat Ali Tor, the association head, said they used to shift entrepreneurs’ money but most of the time they confronted masked robbers on the highway.

On the other hand, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khoygyani, also confirmed the issue on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway and said the issue had been shared with the president.

He further added to solve the issue properly they were working on a mechanism to ensure security of travelers.

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