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Government ready for talks with Junbish-i-Roshnai leaders

Government ready for talks with Junbish-i-Roshnai leaders

Sep 26, 2016 - 14:50

KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Monday hailed the decision of some Junbish-i-Roshnai members’ decision against taking part in a planned rally and asked enraged members of the group to go for dialogue instead of taking to the streets.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said the unity government always kept its doors open for talks on the issue of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project route and appointed delegations to convey the massages to protesters.

The government praised some members of the movement, who agreed to talk to the authorities and invited other individuals to come to the negotiating table, the statement added.

It also hailed the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), UNAMA and civil society organisations for talking to leaders of the protest.

At least 84 people were killed and over 300 wounded when twin suicide bombers blew themselves up at a rally some two months earlier. Daeshclaimed responsibility.

The protestors wanted the TUTAP power project to be executed through central provinces of the country, dominated by the Hazara community.

But the government said the project would be implemented through Salang, the northern part. Government officials have asked Junbish-i-Roshanai leaders to come to the table for talks on the issue.

Earlier, The Kabul Garrison warned the Junbish-i-Roshnai movement of harsh action if staged a protest that may cause loss of life and property.

Peaceful gatherings, protests and rallies constituted a legal right of every citizen, but violent demonstrations would not be allowed, a statement from the Kabul Garrison said.