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Nov 22, 2016
Taliban ban mobile phone services in Charkh district
Abdul Maqsud Azizi
Nov 22, 2016 - 18:08
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Residents of the Charkh district of central Logar province complain Taliban militants have banned telephone services in the town for the past four days, landing them in great trouble.
Sayed Ajmal, a resident of Garmaba area of the district, said most residents used telephone to contact each other, but the service had been currently off in his area.
He said Taliban militants had forced the coverage blackout in the district and as a result, people faced problems.
Mir Pacha, a resident of Shash Kala area, told Pajhwok Afghan News that besides insecurity, telephone services had also been suspended there.
“I had an important work with a person in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, but I could not contact him due to the cut off telephone services, then I had to travel to the city and meet him despite serious security threats on the road,” he said.
He said earlier they solved a problem by spending 6 afghanis on a telephone call, but now people in their area had to travel for hours and pay 150 afghanis in transport fare to solve their problems by visiting people.
A tribal elder, Haji Azizullah, said security situation in their area was not good and people were faced with many problems.
“Our people have to travel to the provincial capital or Kabul for making a contact with people they have work with because all telephone services are cut off by Taliban here,” he said.
Residents of the district were struggling with insecurity and economic problems, he said, asking the government to pay attention to the situation.
Charkh district chief, Mohammad Hanif Hanifi, confirmed the ban on the telephone service in the district.
He said Taliban had banned all telephone services. “We are trying to resolve the problem through local tribal elders,” Hanifi added.
Tribal elders had met Taliban to seek solution to the problem, but the militants had said they would not let telephone services until telephone companies pay them tax, he said.
He said the Taliban was oppressing the nation because the nation took most of advantage from the telephone services than the government.
Logar information and telecommunication director, Eng. Abdur Rahman Naseri, said Taliban were creating problems for telephone companies in order force them into paying money.
Pajhwok tried to contact telephone companies representatives, but failed to do so.
The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MCIT) had previously said they could not press telephone companies to operate in insecure areas.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the issue.
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