Thousands protest in support of President Ghani in Khost, Paktika

Khost-and-Paktiak-protestsThe 500kV mega TUTAP power project controversy is spreading across the country with the residents of southeastern parts of the country stepping in to support the government’s decision for the implementation of the project.(Photo: Ismail Haqmal)

Thousands of people staged demonstrations in support of President Ghani in southeastern Paktika and Khost provinces of Afghanistan.

The protesters were shouting slogans against the Vice Presidents and Second Deputy Chief Executive Officer during the rally.

They also denounced the protest by an activist against President Ghani during his speech at RUSI in London last week, saying humiliation of the President is humiliation against the Afghan people.

This comes as a massive demonstration is due for Kabul to protest against the government’s decision for the implementation of the project through Salang.

A number of the prominent Mujahideen leaders have warned of a possible violence as a mass demonstration is due for Kabul on Monday, expressing concerns regarding the protest and calling on the organizers of the demonstration to prevent from the rally.

They also called on the government not to take any step towards the implementation of the project until the issue is resolved.

President Ghani said last week that a commission will be given the task to review the power project, emphasizing that there are different views regarding the route through which the project should be implemented. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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