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Insecurity on Kabul-Gardez highway worries residents

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Insecurity on Kabul-Gardez highway worries residents

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Oct 09, 2017 - 12:59

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Residents and provincial council members of central Logar province complain of growing insecurity on the Kabul-Gardez highway. Taliban militants allegedly search cars plying the route.

A provincial council member, Hasibulalh Stanikzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban were launching attacks on the highway on a daily basis -- an issue that has created problems for passengers.

“Police are responsible for ensuring security on this busy highway, but they have failed to do so,” he charged, demanding protection of passengers.

Sayed Qaribullah Sadat, another provincial council member, held a similar view. He said the militants stopped and searched cars on the highway daily.

Most of Logar areas were already under the control of the Taliban, who wanted to extend their influence to the highway too, he said.

The public representative, without giving evidence, said they had received the complaints from local residents. Security officials were responsible for addressing the problem, they added.

Mohammadullah, a resident of Ali Khan village on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, said: “Taliban attack military vehicles on the road. leading to intense fighting,”

Some days back, hundreds of cars and people were stranded on both sides of the Kabul-Gardez highway due to a clash between the Taliban and the Afghan forces there, he recalled.

Zahidullah, a driver, said the security situation on the highway had worsened as the Afghan forces and militants had engaged in clashes multiple times in a single day.

“Despite the presence of security posts on the highway, Taliban launch attacks. People are worried about such the situation and no one can travel the road early in the morning or after sunset,” he said.

However, Logar officials reject the claim. Police spokesman, Shahpoor Ahmadzai, said security forces had secured the highway. He called claims of insecurity baseless.

Salim Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, said police posts had been deployed along the highway passing the province and there was no security problems for passengers.

“Our ground and mobile forces are patrolling the highway. There is no serious problem,” he said, adding the Taliban occassionally launched ambushes, but they were unable to block roads for hours.

A 95 kilometres portion of the Kabul-Gardez highway, passing through Logar, connects the southern zone with the central capital.

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