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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

Rah­mani told AFP.

“We want the power line to cross through Bamiyan, which has seen no devel­op­ment in 15 years. We are de­mand­ing jus­tice, not char­ity.”

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

But it has been mired in con­tro­versy, with lead­ers from the mi­nor­ity group de­mand­ing that the line be routed through Bamiyan, which has a large Hazara pop­u­la­tion.

The line was orig­i­nally set to pass through the cen­tral prov­ince but the gov­ern­ment de­cided to reroute it through the moun­tain­ous Salang pass north of Kabul, say­ing the shorter route would ex­pe­dite the project and save mil­lions of dol­lars in costs.—AFP

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