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    Balochs want govt to resolve their problems

    KABUL (PAN): The Baloch tribe on Thursday urged the Karzai administration to give them representation in different government departments and enable them to resolve their problems.

    The government had paid inadequate attention to the tribe’s welfare and prosperity over the past decade, complained the Baloch Council head, Abdul Karim Barahavi.

    Addressing a ceremony marking the creation of the council, Barahavi said a handful of individuals from the tribe were working in government departments.

    He said three million Balochs were living in the country, where their children were receiving education in other languages. The practice was a violation of the constitution, he claimed.

    Article 16 of the constitution says Pashto, Dari, Uzbeki, Turkmeni, Balochi, Pashai, Nuristani, Pamiri, Arab and other languages are spoken in the country. But Pashto and Dari are the official state languages.

    The Turkic languages (Uzbeki and Turkmen), Baluchi, Pashai, Nuristani and -- in addition to Pashto and Dari -- are the third official languages in areas where the majority speaks them.

    He asked President Karzai to focus on protecting small tribes and their rights. "Some time back, I was appointed as minister of borders and tribal affairs and then governor of Nimroz because.

    “In my assignments, I didn’t represent the Baloch tribe. Together with Karzai, I fought against the Soviet troops after their invasion of Afghanistan," Barahavi remarked.

    Baloch council spokesman, Khuda-i-Nazar Sarmachar, said the council was previously operated only in Nimroz province. He told Pajhwok Afghan News its creation was formally announced today.