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Tajik tribe discriminated against in Bamyan: Protesters

Tajik tribe discriminated against in Bamyan: Protesters

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May 25, 2016 - 23:37

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Dozens of protesters in the capital of northern Balkh province on Wednesday accused the provincial administration of central Bamyan province of discriminating against Tajik tribe.

The protesters took to the streets in Mazar-i-Sharif and were chanting slogans against Bamyan authorities.

They were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans that asked the central government and the United Nations to stop injustices meted out to the Tajik people in Bamyan.

One of the protesters, Bashiruddin Basharat, who introduced himself as a resident of Tubiti area of Bamyan City, said they carried out the protest with support of Balkh people to demand their rights. He accused Bamyan officials of forcing Tajik families into leaving the central province.

“Local officials want to implement a master plan in Bamyan city on our agricultural land by evicting us to migrate from Bamyan,” he said, adding the Bamyan officials maintained a discriminatory behaviour with Tajik and Pashtuninfo-icon tribes in the province.

Another protester from Bamayn, Nisar Ahmad Obaidi, said lands of the Tajik tribe were being grabbed and distributed to others in Bamyan, prompting them to stage a protest.

Another participant of the rally, Mohammad Khairandesh, also alleged Bamyan officials were involved in race discrimination.

In their resolution letter, the protesters asked the central government to investigate into the discrimination against other tribes in Bamyan and distribute government vacancies among tribes based on their populations.

However, the governor spokesman of Bamyan, Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, denied the provincial administration was racist. He said they had facilitated people to raise their voice through civil movements.

“In case there is no facility for them to carry out their civil movements, they can go to capital Kabulinfo-icon instead of demonstrating in Balkh,” he said.

He called the protest a political move, not a social or civil movement, saying the provincial administration did not want to be involved in such issues.

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