Decision to change TUTAP route not taken under Karzai
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former spokesman and current aide of former president Hamid Karzai, Aimal Faizi, on Wednesday said the decision to change the TUTAP power project route had been taken by the government of President Ghani in December 2014.
In an email to Pajhwok Afghan News, Faizi said the Presidential Palace was misleading the public by saying the decision to reroute TUTAP was taken three years back under the Karzai administration.
Faizi said President Ghani could have reserved the Karzai’s government decision the way he had reversed many decisions of the former regime.
He said former president Karzai did not want to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US and President Ghani signed it within 24 hours after becoming the president.
He also said Karzai was not allowing American troops to conduct military operations on Afghan homes and villages or to detain Afghan citizens.
Karzai was against the US drone strikes in Afghanistan but President Ghani reversed all these decisions, he added.
“There are many other decisions of President Karzai's government which President Ghani reversed and changed them all. So why not this one (TUTAP) route),” questioned Faizi.
“If it is not President Ghani's decision to have the TUTAP routed through Salang, then he should simply agree with our Hazara people and order the implementation of the TUTAP project through Bamyan.”
The change in TUTAP project route has caused a split down ethnic lines as tens of thousands of people from the Hazara minority tribe protested in Kabul about over bypassing the underdeveloped province of Bamyan.
There were also counter protests in various Pashtun-dominated provinces like Kandahar, Helmand, Khost and others, insisting the project be routed via Salag Pass because the route is cost-effective.
President Ghani has suspended work on the project and has tasked a delegation with reviewing the project documents.
The government has announced it would make decision on the project route based on recommendations of the review panel.
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