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Insecurity worsens on Gardez-Patan road: Residents

Insecurity worsens on Gardez-Patan road: Residents

Aug 18, 2019 - 14:02

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents and public representatives are complaining about incidents of kidnapping and killing on the Gardez-Patan road in southeastern Paktia province.

Thousands of vehicles daily ply the busy Gardez-Patan Road, but militants intercept vehicles pull government employees off and kidnap them, according to local residents.

Mael, a resident of Merzak district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that insecurity had recently increased on the Gardez-Patan road.

Earlier security forces had promised to establish new posts in dangerous areas but no new post could be established so far, he added.  “The Talibaninfo-icon come out to the road and bother people.”

Sher Wali, a resident of Ahmadkhel district, said besides the road’s dilapidated condition, insecurity on the route had worried people.

“Security situation has deteriorated on the highway, militants often come out and threaten people, we want the government to ensure security on the highway,” he said.

Ayub Gharawal, deputy head of the Paktia Provincial Council, said the Taliban often harassed common people and killed government employees travelling on the road.  “Even now the Taliban come out in certain areas and threaten people.”

“The Gardez-Patan Road is vital connectivity road which connects nine districts but security issues have terrified common people”, he said.

Governor’s spokesman Abdullah Hasrat acknowledged security issues on the Gardez-Patan Road and said the Security Shurainfo-icon had discussed the matter and authorities concerned had been ordered to address the issues.

“New security check-points and other security arrangements would be made in high risk areas which will help improve the security situation.”

The Taliban have not commented about insecurity on the Gardez-Patan highway.


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