PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Shopkeepers in Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province on Sunday said they would shut down their businesses if the tide of growing insecurity there was not reversed.
Mohammad Isa, one of the shopkeepers, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a limited number of people visited Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, to buy commercial goods because Taliban militants had presence in all directions of the provincial capital.
He said, “If the situation is not controlled and security is not ensure, then we will close our shops.”
Another shopkeeper, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that firing daily occurred in the city and the government had been silent to improve the situation.
He said, “At least 20 shops have so far been touched. We will close our shops if the situation remains the same.”
A number of other shopkeepers held similar views and warned if the security situation was not improved, they would move elsewhere permanently.
Jan Agha, a resident of the old city on the outskirts of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, told Pajhwok that hundreds of families had been displaced to other areas during the past 20 days as a result of growing insecurity in the district.
He said, “Taliban militants have taken positions in our village and their clashes with security forces are possible anytime.”
Ghulam Farood, another resident of the same area, said they were awaiting resumption of peace talks.
Zarghon, a security official at the 6th police district, told Pajhwok that dozens of families had left the city after a Taliban coordinated attack on the city.
He said efforts were underway to ensure security of the provincial capital and districts in near future.