Protesters end demonstration in Kabul with Khalili’s call to return home
By Khaama Press - Mon May 16 2016, 1:28 pm
Khalili declared the end of the demonstration and urged the protesters to return to their homes as the rally participants demanded the government to implement the mega 500kV power project through Bamyan and Maidan Wardak provinces.
The end of the demonstration followed shortly after the Presidential Palace issued a statement promising to modify or advance the project with the recommendations of the commission formed to review the project.
Earlier, Khalili said the protesters are not aiming to take steps for the collapse of the government and are only rallying to demand justice and consideration of balance in development.
He criticized the government for blocking the roads with containers and told the protesters that the government has taken the step to prevent considering the demands of the rally participants.
Warning the government leaders that the iron barriers would not be able to prevent the people to raise their voice for justice, Khalili said the protests will continue until the decision of the cabinet has not been cancelled.
However, the Palace said the decision for implementing TUTAP through Salang was taken by cabinet of the former government in 2013 but the unity government delayed the project for 6 months to ensure supply to electricity to Bamyan.
Vowing to modify the project, the Palace in a statement, said the government has arranged funds for the supply of electricity to Bamyan which would be concluded until 2018 and will arrange 300 megawatt of electricity which is more than the earlier plans considered for Bamyan to provide 30 megawatt electricity until 2023.