Traders, transporters close Khost-Ghulam Khan road for traffic for 3rd day
The Khost-Ghulam Khan road, which was closed the day before yesterday by truck drivers and transport unions, remained closed on Wednesday, creating problems for commuters and trade vehicles.
Afghan voice agency (AVA)_The protesters added that the transit process through #Ghulam_Khan should be expedited so that the trade between the countries continues without any restrictions.
The drivers closed the main road in the Garbzo area and parked the trucks on the road to prevent other vehicles from using the road.
Sardar Khan Zadaran, head of the drivers' union, told #Mashal_Radio: "We have closed this road for our rights because some powerful people are roaming on the roads without numbers plates. We have talked to the authorities, but so far no one has provided any positive response."
Sardar Khan Zadran added that their demand was to complete the transit process on this route. Anwar Afghan, deputy head of the Khost Traders' Union, said drivers had blocked the road for half a day a few days ago, but officials promised to restore order on the roads. He said when the authorities did not keep their promises, they were forced to protest and block the road again.
The drivers also demanded that a law and order situation should be established in the area as earlier promised by the government but so far no efforts were made by the government and security authorities. He also urged the local administration to make efforts and improve the situation, otherwise, they would continue their protests.
The media asked for the opinion of the local director of transport, but he said he is unaware of the issue and said he would go to the area and investigate the matter and then share his views with the media.
On the other hand, Talib Mangal, spokesman for the governor's office in Khost, said Ghulam Khan port was a strategic route for both sides and all problems at the provincial level had been resolved. He called on drivers and transport associations to enforce general traffic rules on road. Mangal said the provincial government was committed to providing facilities for drivers along the route.