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Monday, May 16, 2016

Afghan minority Hazaras plan protest over power project


By AFP
Published: May 16, 2016



PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL: Thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras are expected to protest in Kabul on Monday over a multi-million-dollar power transmission line, in what could potentially snowball into a political crisis for the beleaguered government.

The planned protest follows a massive rally last November galvanised by the beheadings of a group of Hazaras, which became a symbol of the broader public discontent with President Ashraf Ghani’s regime.

The TUTAP power line, which would connect the energy-rich Central Asian nations of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan, is regarded a crucial project in the electricity-starved region.

But it has been mired in controversy, with leaders from the minority group demanding that the line be routed through central Bamiyan province, which has a large Hazara population.

The line was originally set to pass through Bamiyan but the government decided to reroute it...Continue Reading...

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