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6 days on, Muqor residents yet to unblock Kabul-Kandahar road

6 days on, Muqor residents yet to unblock Kabul-Kandahar road

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Feb 19, 2019 - 18:22

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of Muqor district of southern Ghazni province have blocked the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar highway for the last six days, asking the government to promote the district to a province.

Rumors recently circulated on social media indicate President Ashraf Ghani has decided to convert a number of districts into provinces.

Shahzada Asim, one of the protestors in Ghazni City, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Muqor district should be changed to a province considering its population and area.

 “People of Aab Band, Nawa, Gilan, Jaghori districts of Ghazni and Wazahkwa district of Paktika also support our demand and all want Muqor should be promoted to a province,” he said.

Rohullah, another protestor and tribal elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Muqor district was eligible to become a province.

“Muqor serves as the center for Aab Band, Nawa, Gilan, Jaghori and Wazakhwa district, the Kabul-Kandahar highway also passes through this district so it should be promoted to a province,” he said.

A large number of other protestors also expressed the same demand and warned they would keep the highway shut until their demand was accepted.

However, the protest also created problems for people in the area.

Norullah Ahmadzai, a passenger who was stranded in the area, said, “We cannot pass this area due to the protest since two days, some womeninfo-icon are also with me in the car, we are in serious trouble.”

A driver, Samiullah said he wanted to transport fresh fruits such as apples in his vehicle but remained stranded due to the protest.

“The weather here is very cold, all the fresh fruits are frozen, they (protestors) do not allow us to pass, it can cause us a big loss,” he said.

A number of other people who struggled with traffic problems also complained and asked the protestors to reopen the road and solve their issues with the government.

Ghazni governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, said that it was not their authority to decide on the demand of Muqor people.

“Only government leaders can decide on this issue, we have no power to do anything in this regard,” he said.

He said protest was the right of all people but it should not create problems for others.

There are 18 districts in Ghazin and Muqor, Andar and Jaghori are major towns of the province.

Mds/ma

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