Bamyan women rally against unjust decision of govt
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Dozens of women from central Bamyan province on Tuesday rallied against the government’s decision to implement the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project through Salang Pass.
The power project will import 500kv of electricity from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to Pakistan through energy-starved Afghanistan.
The protestors accused the government of fueling differences among Afghan tribes, imbalanced development and depriving central provinces of progress. They asked the United Nations (UN) to highlight the injustice.
The protestors carrying lanterns rallied in front of the UNAMA office in Bamyan City, the capital of the province, and asked for justice.
Afghan Women Network (AWN) head, Sughra Attayee, told Pajhwok Afghan News the aim of the rally was to indicate people’s disappointment with government’s injustice.
She alleged the government’s decision to change the route of TUTAP project from Bamyan to Salang was creating divisions among different tribes. The decision was not right scientifically or technically, she claimed.
“Women are standing beside their brothers against this discrimination against and insult to our people. We would raise our voice for justice across the world,” she added.
Razia Iqbalzada, a women’s rights activist in Bamyan who participated in the protest, asked the government to pay attention to people’s demands and address their problems.
“The government, without dispensing justice, would not last long. The national unity government is racist. We have lit up lanterns to attract the attention of the government to its unfair decision,” she observed.
The protestors read out a resolution letter, saying the project should be implemented through Bamyan province, where people were still living in dark caves.
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