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Karzai assailed for removing official over music show

Karzai assailed for removing official over music show

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Apr 01, 2011 - 17:05

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): A number of tribal elders and religious scholars in southern Helmand province on Friday criticised President Hamid Karzai for sacking the deputy governor over a music show.

The music show involving male and female Afghan singers was organised in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, on the first and second day of New Year's celebrations.

The concert drew condemnation from Karzai who fired the deputy governor Abdussar Mirzakwal.

At Friday's gathering, elders and religious scholars said Karzai had been given wrong information about the concert by some individuals for their personal gains.

Scholar Maulviinfo-icon Mahar Dil asked the president to ban all music programmes and concerts in Kabulinfo-icon and other provinces as well if he thought the show in Lashkargah was an un-Islamic and vulgar.

He said the concert in Helmand was organised by the youth of the province and they were disappointed by Karzai's action.

Tribal elder Abdul Ghafoor said the show was in line with Afghan traditions and there was nothing objectionable.

"Karzai's action was unwise. He should have investigated before taking an extreme step of sacking the deputy governor," the elder said.

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