Our neighbours should learn from India: Muslimyar
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday welcomed the Salma Dam’s inauguration and urged neighbouring countries to cooperate with Afghanistan like India in its rebuilding.
The Afghan-India Friendship Dam also known as Salma Dam was inaugurated jointly by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital of western Herat province on Saturday.
The $300 million dam constructed by India is located two kilometers from the Salma Village of Chisht-i-Sharif district and 176 km east of Herat City, the provincial capital.
In addition to generating 42 megawatt electricity, the dam will irrigate 80,000 hectares of farmland in various districts of Herat.
Senator Mohammad Alam Ezedyar from central Panjsher province welcomed the dam’s inauguration and said: “We hope other countries, particularly our neighbours, follow into India’s footsteps and support Afghanistan in such projects.”
Another senator Nazar Mohammad Faqiri held similar views and asked Afghanistan neighbours to cooperate with Afghans in executing development projects.
Senate first deputy chairman, Farhad Sakhi, said: “All of us should try to protect Salma Dam because some circles may not be happy with positive developments in Afghanistan.”
Meshrano Jirga Chairman Fzal Hadi Muslimyar appreciated India’s support to Afghanistan and said neighbouring countries should learn from India.
“We should not expect positive things from our neighbours in our south and east because they do not want development in Afghanistan and prevent such projects from implementation,” he said.
About infrastructural projects financed by India in Afghanistan, Muslimyar said all projects implemented by India in the country were appreciable.
India also funded the construction of the new building for Afghan parliament, the Dilaram-Nimroz highway and some other projects.
Muslimyar asked India to help Afghanistan build a dam on the Kunar river.
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