Heratis warn of roadblocks over “Afghan” in e-ID cards
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Some residents on Thursday staged a protest rally in western Herat province and warned of blocking the main highway if word “Afghan” was not mentioned in the electronic ID cards.
After the Population Registration bill was passed by parliament last year and ratified by the president, some lawmakers, civil society and political groups started demanding the inclusion of word “Afghan” in the new ID cards.
Others, however, say the words “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” mentioned in the cards imply the holder is Afghan.
The protesters numbering more than 100 gathered outside the governor’s office, chanting “We are Afghans.”
Aziz Ahmad Mehraban, one of the protesters, told Pajhwok Afghan News their demonstration was for the sake of their identity. “We’ll never allow the unity government to ignore our identity. We’ll fight for it until death.”
Other protesters said if the word “Afghan” was not mentioned in the cards, the unity of the people would get affected.
Eng. Abdul Ahad, another protester, said: “We want the unity government to mention Afghan in electronic ID cards.”
Haji Sangin, yet another protester, warned: “If our identity is not mentioned in the cards, we’ll shut the Torghondi-Herat highway and roads leading to Awba and Chisht districts.”
Others warned if their demands were not met, they would hold even bigger protests and close Herat’s main routes.
The process of distributing electronic ID cards was supposed to start on August 19 but has been postponed indefinitely due to political wrangling.
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