Protesters closed Hairatan port in Balkh

Balkh protesters on Wednesday closed Hairatan commercial port and vowed to keep it shut until government accepts their demands.

Deputy of Jumbish Party, Gul Mohammad Arkin, said Thursday that the port will remain closed for shipments coming in from Uzbekistan and for government employees.

Meanwhile, residents in the northern provinces, especially traders, urged protesters not to disturb their daily and economic activities.

Protests were launched two weeks ago in a number of provinces in north of Afghanistan after Nizamuddin Qaisari, the district police chief for Qaisar and close aide to exiled First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, was arrested by government forces.

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