Mohaqiq warns of parting with Ghani administration
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Mohaqiq on Friday warned of quitting the government if a proposed multinational power project was not routed through central Bamyan province.
The Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE) has recommend the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project be implemented through the Salang Pass in Baghlan province, but a number of people want the scheme to pass through Bamyan.
Speaking at a gathering of Shia scholars in the capital of northern Balkh province, Mohaqiq called on the government to work for the even-handed development of all provinces so as to remove a sense of injustice among certain communities.
Past governments had ignored the Hazara-inhabited areas, as well as some central provinces, the deputy CEO alleged, acknowledging some development activity in those regions over the past one decade.
Mohaqiq called electricity one of the fundamental modern-day facilities and central provinces had the right to have access to it. A 2013 survey by a German company had recommended a 500-km stretch of the transmission line from Uzbekistan should pass through Bamyan, he explained.
When informed of the decision on the route alteration last year, Mohaqiq said he had been asking the government to do justice to Bamyan residents. “I’ll part my ways with the government if the decision was not reversed.”
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