Junbish-i-Roshanai postpones Tuesday rally in Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of the Junbish-i-Roshanai or Enlightenment Movement on Monday postponed a planned protest rally which was scheduled to be staged tomorrow (Tuesday) amid ongoing talks with the government.
Daud Naji, one of the rally organizers, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rally was delayed due to ongoing talks between government officials and the movement members.
Without going into details, Naji said the negotiations with government officials were facilitated by UNAMA.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday said it hosted a meeting with representatives of the Hazara community and urged them to postpone their planned demonstration.
Earlier, the government some members of the Junbish-i-Roshnai for their decision not to take part in a planned rally and asked the group’s enraged members to go for dialogue instead of taking to the streets.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the unity government always kept its doors open for talks on the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project route and had appointed delegations to convey the massages to protesters.
The government praised some members of the movement who agreed to talks with the authorities and invited other individuals to come to the negotiating table, the statement added.
It also hailed the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), UNAMA and civil society organisations for talking to leaders of the protest.
At least 84 people were killed and over 300 wounded when twin suicide bombers blew themselves up at a rally some two months earlier. Daesh had claimed responsibility for that attack.
The protestors wanted the TUTAP power project to be executed through central provinces of the country, dominated by the Hazara community.
But the government said the project would be implemented through northern Salang Pass. Government officials have asked the Junbish-i-Roshanai leaders to come forward for talks on the issue.
Earlier, The Kabul Garrison warned the Junbish-i-Roshnai movement of harsh action if they staged a protest that could lead to life and property losses.
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