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MPs blast colleague over TUTAP remarks

MPs blast colleague over TUTAP remarks

May 25, 2016 - 18:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Wednesday criticised a colleague over his recent remarks regarding the TUTAP power project and stressed the presentation of a unified stance of Afghans on all issues at the incoming Brussels and Warsaw conferences.

The Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project will import 500kv of electricity from the Central Asian states to energy-starved Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The government insists the power line should be routed through the Slang Pass, but the ethnic Hazara community has launched a protest movement “Junbish-i-Roshnaee (movement for light) demanding the project to be implemented via central Bamyan province.

A lawmaker from central Daikundi province, Asadullah Saadati, on Tuesday night told a media outlet that the movement for light would raise their voice regarding TUTAP project in the Warsaw and Brussels conferences.

According reports, the international community would announce future support for the Afghan defence and security forces till 2020 in the Warsaw this year. The Brussels conference will take place in October and the worldinfo-icon leaders are expected announce new support for Afghanistaninfo-icon in different spheres.

The movement for light would protest whenever the unity government leaders attended a conference, Saadati said.

His remarks drew strong criticism from other lawmakers. “Don’t make us to insult your leaders,” remarked MP Obaidullah Barakzai from Uruzgan.

He said the government leaders participated in international conferences on behalf of the entire nation, not on the behalf of a specific ethnic group. “So don’t insult anyone.”

MP Mohammad Naeem Hamidzai Lalai from Kandahar asked the lawmakers to shun their differences and don’t let anybody prevent national and international programmes from being implemented. “If anybody does so, they would be the enemies of Afghan people.”

Likewise, lawmaker Eng. Sher Wali Wardak said no one had the right to insult government leaders and asked Wolesi Jirga members not to fuel divisions.

Fueling differences on ethnic and regional lines endangered the national interests, he warned, saying no one should create differences among tribes in favour of others.

Wolesi Jirga first deputy speake Hajji Zahir Qadir, who chaired today’s session, said insulting Afghanistan leaders was not in the interest of anyone.

On the death of Talibaninfo-icon supreme leader Mullahinfo-icon Akhtar Mansour, the lawmakers supported the government policy.

The Taliban on Wednesday confirmed the killing of Mansour in a US drone strike and announced electing Haibatullah Akhunzada as his successor.

“The absence of Taliban leader is a good opportunity for the government to benefit from peace talks and also to weaken the rebels,” lawmaker Semin Barakzai from western Herat province said.

Public representative from southeastern Paktia province, Musa Khan Nasrati, said the death of Masnour had affected the morale of militants.

Another MP from central Kapisa province, Mirdad Khan Najrabi, said  the killings of Mullah Omar, Mullah Mansour and Osama bin Laden and the presence of Haqqani networkinfo-icon in Pakistaninfo-icon were undeniable evidence that showed Pakistan supported terrorism.

He said the leadership of the Afghan government should complain to the United Nations against Pakistan, he added.



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