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End ethnic discrimination: tribes to govt

End ethnic discrimination: tribes to govt

Dec 12, 2013 - 18:31

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Yousafzai and Babakarzai tribes on Thursday asked the government to end ethnic discrimination in the country and sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in a move to protect the national interests.

Representatives of the two tribes held a meeting in Kabul to discuss ethnic differences and discrimination against some tribes.

The meeting comes after protests in some parts of the country, including Kabul, calling for mentioning words Afghan and religion in the new electronic ID cards.

Yousafzai tribe’s societyinfo-icon head Abdul Akbar Yousafzai told a news conference that neighbouring countries were interfering in Afghanistaninfo-icon’s affairs to create problems for Afghans.

He added Yousafzai tribe wanted President Hamid Karzai to resolve tribal discrimination with immediate effect. “If the government does not tackle the issue of ethnic discrimination, it would lead to several problems and no one would be able to solve them,” he said.

On the BSA, Yousafzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the agreement should be signed after peace and stability was ensured and the elections held.

A consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon on Nov 24 overwhelmingly approved the BSA and asked Karzai to sign it over the next six or seven weeks.

But Karzai says he wants the US to guarantee peace and stability in Afghanistan and end raids on Afghan homes and ensure the elections are held in a peaceful environmentinfo-icon.

The Yousafzai tribe’s leader said they supported the Loya Jirga’s decision, but added the agreement would be acceptable if it served the interests of Afghans.

Akbar Yousafzai also the tribe would support a candidate, who was honest and had the ability to protect the national interest and serve the people.

Babakarkhel tribe’s council head, Babakrkhel echoed Yousafzai’s remarks, saying they would vote for a candidate, who could put to an end the current problems in Afghanistan.



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