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Uruzgan ulema ask Taliban to lift years-old roadblocks

Uruzgan ulema ask Taliban to lift years-old roadblocks

Sep 16, 2020 - 16:55

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Religious scholars in central Uruzgan province on Wednesday called on the Talibaninfo-icon to lift road blocks and free people from their siege.

The Taliban have closed main roads in Uruzgan for the past four years and banned goods delivery to Chartino district, forcing religious scholars to protest.

The protesting ulemainfo-icon gathered in the Provincial Council hall and said the closure of roads on people and banning delivery of food and non-food items to Chartino district was unfair and against the teachings of Islam.

They said common people faced immense problems and deprived of primary services as they could not take their patients to hospital and had to travel on dilapidated roads that took hours to reach the provincial capital.

Mualvi Naqibullah, a religious scholar, said the Taliban had suppressed the people of Uruzgan and created a number of problems for them.

The closure of roads, ban on goods delivery to Chinarto, a halt to healthinfo-icon services, polio vaccination and other uplift schemes were something that the Taliban had imposed in areas under their control.

Another religious scholar Mualvi Mohammad Rahim said Taliban’s suppression of people was against the teachings of Islam, adding that Islam never encouraged persecution of people and their harassment.

Abdul Karim Khademzoy, secretary of the Provincial Council, said the closure of roads had made people’s life difficult and resulted in multiple problems. He called on the Taliban to lift their curbs and allow people to travel.



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