Hazara leaders not cooperating with TUTAP commission
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leaders of the groups opposed to the route of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project have not been cooperating with members of a commission tasked with removing hurdles to the project, a government official alleged on Sunday.
Following a series of protests over the rout change, the president constituted the commission to review the process of executing the electricity project and develop consensus on the multi-national scheme.
A statement from the Presidential Palace quoted President Ashraf Ghani as saying: “There is a difference of opinion on TUTAP project. Therefore, I assigned a commission to talk to leaders and civil society activists to remove differences and forge consensus on the project.”
But Asadullah Saadati, a member of the Wolesi Jirga who is averse to the project route via Salang, claimed the government was not willing to find a solution; rather it preferred wasting time and creating differences among the people.
He said initially the cabinet decision on the project should be revoked and then efforts for the resolution of the issue should be made.
Massive protests have been staged in recent days over changing the project route from Bamyan and southeastern provinces to Salang. Bamyan, dominated by the Hazara community, has been opposed to the power supply line going through the Salang Pass.
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