Afghan Taliban allow conditional restoration of electricity to Kabul

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PUL-I-KHUMRI - Afghan Taliban have conditionally agreed to allowing the repair of a destroyed pylon that carries electricity to central capital Kabul <link> through northern Baghlan province.

Baghlan power utility department on Sunday said electricity supply to Kabul would be restored as tribal elders had reached an agreement with the Taliban in Baghlan over the issue.

Sultan Ahmad Azizi, provincial power utility director, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants destroyed the pylon with a bomb in Doshi district on Friday night.

Aziz said an agreement was reached with militants after mediation of tribal leaders: “Taliban say Da Afghanistan <link> Barishna Sherkat (DABS) can send a technical team to repair the line if electricity is also extended to their villages.”

The Taliban had demanded electricity for Sang Soragh, Karadak, Alikhel, Zahrabi and Kamra villages, said Azizi, who added security forces had reached the spot and a technical team was on the way to reach there as well.

Hajji Aziz Rahman, a resident of the area, said elders met with electricity department officials who promised to extend power to the mentioned villages after a proper survey.

On the other hand, ZabihullahShuja, Baghlan police chief, told Pajhwok that Afghan forces had cordoned off the spot: “We are awaiting a technical team from Kabul to restore the pylon and reconnect the power.”

The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.

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