West Kabul February 14: Resident of Dasht-e-Barchi, West Kabul held a protest demonstration against the discriminatory power supply by the Ministry of Water and Energy on February 12. Despite heavy rain, large number of people participated in the protest rally holding banners and placards. They were chanting “”We Want Equality in Electricity Supply”, “Down With Discrimination, Govt.” Some protesters were holding lantern as a symbol of protest for electricity.
Kabul has received round the clock power supply since last month when the new power line from Uzbekistan was operated. The net of electricity wires have been laid to all other parts of the capital except the Hazara residing Dasht-e-Barchi. People say present Government is continuing the discriminatory policies of former rulers. They not only complain about electricity but also roads, hospitals and other facilities. Major roads in Barchi are unpaved and there is no health facility other than private hospitals looting downtrodden masses.
The protesters disperced peacefully after three hours of peaceful protest in front of the Ministry of Water and Energy. Minister Ismail Khan promised electricity supply to Barchi would be the main goal of the Ministry next year.