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After Wardak, Taliban set up customs check-point in Ghazni

After Wardak, Taliban set up customs check-point in Ghazni

Mar 02, 2017 - 16:03

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon have set up a check-point in the Deh Yak district of southern Ghazni province, forcing drivers to pay customs duty, both sides confirmed on Thursday.

Roohullah, a truck driver plying the Paktia-Ghazni highway, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had established the check-point in Pailoch locality. “Like traffic police, the fighters stop every truck and give them receipts for the amounts received.”

He did not have the bill saying they threw it away fearing the Afghan security forces may find it and would bother them.

Baryali, a taxi driver, also claimed the Taliban had created a check-point on the highway. “From dawn to dusk, they stand in the area and receive cash from drivers.” He said the Taliban charged 500 to 5,000 rupees per vehicle.

The provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, confirmed Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents had established a customs check-point in the past but that did not exist any longer.

“The Taliban created a custom check-point that was destroyed in a security forces’ offensive. Some robbers later stood in that area and took money from vehicles,” he added.

But the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid verified the group had set up a check-point on the Ghazni Paktia highway in Deh Yak district. He said the check-point had been shifted from Spin Boldak to Deh Yak for security reasons.

He, however, said the Taliban charged specific companies that imported fuel. He insisted the group did not charge all vehicles. Mujahid added they would take action against other groups extorting money from drivers, using the Taliban name.

The militant movement established a custom check-point in the Syedabad district of Maidan Wardak province as well.


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