Saturday, 23 July 2016

Kabul locked down as Hazaras rally over power line

Kabul locked down as Hazaras rally over power line

An Afghan protester holds a kerosene lamp during a demonstration in Kabul on May 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The 500-kilovolt TUTAP power line, which would connect the Central Asian nations of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with electricity-hungry Afghanistan and Pakistan, is seen as a crucial infrastructure project.

But leaders from the minority group are demanding that the line be routed through Bamiyan, one of the most deprived areas of Afghanistan with a large Hazara population.

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