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‘Taliban not allowing current meter on Helmand River’

‘Taliban not allowing current meter on Helmand River’

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Nov 21, 2019 - 00:30

TIRIKONT (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon have long been preventing the installation of a current meter on Helmand River in Dehrawud district of central Uruzgan province on the behest of Iran, the governor alleged on Wednesday.

Governor Mohammad Shafiq Asadullah Sayeed told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants were not allowing the current meter to be lowered to the river around Kajaki dam for the past few years.

He said the meter would help Afghanistaninfo-icon know how much water flowed into neighboring Iran per hour from the Helmand River.

Sayeed said the system should be installed around four kilometers away from the Kajaki dam but Taliban militants, who received financial support from Iran, were not allowing it.

The governor said he had shared the issue with President Ashraf Ghani and urged him for additional security forces in the province.

Eng. Abdul Kabir, Uruzgan river zonal director, told Pajhwok they had been unable to install the system on Helmand due to Taliban’s threat.

He suggested if the government deployed security forces to the area, it would enable them complete the project.

However, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi termed the government’s allegation as baseless and propaganda.

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