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Kandaharis in dilemma as Taliban close roads

Kandaharis in dilemma as Taliban close roads

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Aug 27, 2020 - 18:20

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The youth and civil societyinfo-icon activists on Thursday said Talibaninfo-icon militants have closed two major highways in southern Kandahar province, sending the prices of daily use items soaring.

Holding a gathering at the Kandahar Press Club, the youth said the Taliban had closed the Kandahar-Uruzgan and Kandahar-Arghistan roads and emplaced landlines on various other routes.

Obaidullah, a resident of Arghistan district, said they had not seen such a bad situation in the district during the past 40 years.

He said the Taliban had not only closed the Kandahar-Arghistan highway but had also buried landmines on all routes to villages.

As a result, he said, residents were unable to travel and the prices of food items had skyrocketed.

He said their gathering was aimed at raising their voice against the ongoing situation. Obaidullah urged the Taliban to stop harassing people and the government to demine the routes.

Zwan Faizi, a civil society activist, said the Kandahar-Uruzgan and the Kandahar-Arghistan highways were closed at a time when fruit harvests season was on its peak.

He said people were in a dilemma as they could not take their patients to hospital due to the road blocks.

He said the Taliban had closed highways and the government did not allow people to travel on substitute routes.

Wolesi Harkat (People’s movement) member Bismillah Watandost said the masses were caught between the devil and the deep blue sea and their only demand was that that they should not be used as fuel and shield.

Another youth, Izzatullah Khpalwak, said roads leading to northern and border districts of Kandahar province had been shut and residents there travelled with great difficulties.

Other speakers held similar views and vowed to continue their struggle for reopening the highways.

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