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Baloch tribesmen demand representation in government

Baloch tribesmen demand representation in government

Aug 03, 2016 - 17:38

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Baloch tribesmen on Wednesday staged a protest rally in southwestern Nimroz province, demanding the tribe’s share in the government structure.

Nearly 1,600 Baloch tribesmen and elders participated in the rally in Zaranj, the provincial capital, saying the tribe had been given no right in the unity government.

Mohammad Aslam Baloch, Baloch tribe national cohesion group leader in Nimroz, told Pajhwok Afghan News their tribe was one of the largest ethnic groups in Afghanistan, but unfortunately their role had not been considered in the current system neither on local nor on central level.

He said every tribe had been given representation in the unity government, but there was no minister in the Cabinet to represent Balochis.  He said if the tribe’s request was not addressed, they would stage more and larger protests.    

Malang Rasooli, a Baloch tribal elder, said: “The unity government’s posts are sadly divided among parties and ethnic groups relating to the two government leaders, but we as one of the largest group in Afghanistan and having a significant role in the country’s transformation is neglected.”

He said approximately three million population of Afghanistan was composed of Baloch tribesmen who lived in 26 provinces. If their demand went unnoticed, they would stage protests and demonstrations according to the Constitution.

Hassan, another protestor, said until national unity was ensured across the country and culture and identity of all ethnic groups were considered seriously, such issues would arise. He said it seemed unlikely that the current crises in the country would come to an end. 

He asked the government to provide equal opportunities to all tribes and help the youth promote culture of all tribes living in Afghanistan. He said Baloch people should be given jobs in various government organizations according to their skills.