Turkmen tribesmen demand lion share in govt
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Over thousands of Turkmen tribesmen on Monday blocked Shiberghan-Mazar-i-Sharif Highway for traffic in northern Jawzjan province, demanding better representation in government.
They demanded the government give the tribe better share in appointment of governors and police officers as the only minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs could not represent the large tribe.
The protesters blocked the road in Pul-i-Naw area of the Aqcha district and stopped flow of traffic.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah during their election campaigns pledged every tribe would be given equal representation in the government, they recalled.
Noor-ul-Din, an angry protester, said if the government did not pay attention to resolve their demanded they would expand the protest and would block the Aqina, Sher Khan and Hiratan ports in Faryab, Kunduz and Mazar-i-Sharif.
Another protester Abdul Ghafar said Bay Murad Qoulni was the only governor belonging to the tribe and now the government had decided to replace him with Lutfullah Azizi for Jawzjan.
Later, keeping in view the holy month of Ramazan, the protester reopened the highway for traffic after one hour.
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