In its third day on Wednesday, the Kabul Municipality’s campaign to remove T-walls faced obstacles when it was stopped from removing the walls from the residence of Juma Khan Hamdard, former Paktia governor and a Hizb-e-Islami member.
Sources say that Hamdard has set conditions for Kabul Municipality for removing the T-walls from his house in Karte Se area in Kabul’s PD3.
His condition, the source said, is that the municipality should first remove the T-walls from some senior government officials' houses and then he will allow the municipality to remove the walls from his house.
However, TOLOnews reporter Samim Faramarz says that senior government officials including acting Kabul mayor, deputy head of urban services, and acting commander of Kabul Garrison first discussed the issue with Hamdard’s son in front of his house and then met with Hamdard in his house in a bid to convince him to allow them to remove the T-walls.
“The T-walls campaign will be implemented equally on all. We have the permission of the National Security Council and the cabinet members in this respect and it has been ordered by the president,” said Masihullah Mahbub, deputy head of urban services.
Some Kabul residents meanwhile criticized the government’s ‘failure’ to remove the T-walls from Hamdard’s house.
“The street (which is now closed by the T-walls outside Hamdard’s house) must be opened for the people to walk around easily. But we witnessed today that the local commander (Hamdard) violated the law,” said Wadood Pedram, a civil society activist.
“The order (issued by government) has enough power to remove the T-walls, but the (Kabul) municipality should act more powerful against the traditional leaders and government’s high-ranking officials,” said Abdullah Attaee, a resident of Kabul said.
The T-walls campaign started last week from the airport road.