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Afghans rally in Germany in support of Ghani, TUTAP

Afghans rally in Germany in support of Ghani, TUTAP

May 22, 2016 - 00:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Dozens of Afghan nationals held a demonstration in Germany and voiced their support for President Ashraf Ghani and the execution of a multimillion power line through the Salang Passinfo-icon.

Organised by the Culture Association of Afghans, the demonstrators in Germany included womeninfo-icon and children who carried banners inscribed with pro-Ghani and pro-TUTAP project slogans.

A change in the route for the 500kv Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistaninfo-icon-Pakistaninfo-icon (TUTAP) electricity project has sparked protests in Afghanistan.

The question is the line should go through central Bamyan province or the rugged mountainous Salang Pass that connects Kabul with northern provinces.

The government says it inherited the decision to route the transmission line through Salang Pass from the previous regime. But a former spokesman for the former president Hamid Karzai in an email to Pajhwok Afghan News rejected the claim.

Fichtner, a German engineering consultancy, which previously assessed the project in 2013 and recommended the Bamyan route, has recently advised the Afghan government to route the project through Salang Pass.

The firm has said the line through Bamyan would cost an additional $25 million and could possibly delay the project implementation by several years.

Ending their protest, the demonstrators in Germany read out a resolution that said some self-centric elements were trying to hurt the unity among Afghans and their national interests.

They said they supported every logical demand and urged the Afghan government to answer to every legitimate voice. They said playing with sentiments of the people under various pretexts was not acceptable to the Afghans.

The demonstrators said Fichtner had declared the Salang Pass the most appropriate route for the TUTAP project, asking the Kabul administration not to accept any pressure that damaged the national interest.

The Culture Association also condemned insulting President Ghani during his recent speech in London and called it an act of foreign spies.

They urged European and other western countries to increase their assistance with Afghanistan in areas of economic development and educationinfo-icon.


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