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Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq

Karzai sacks 4 academics for ‘offensive’ book

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KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday sacked four academics from a leading research centre over a book that sparked fury for reportedly insulting the Hazara ethnic group.


The head of the Afghanistan Academy of Science and three other scholars were dismissed and referred to the attorney general’s office for questioning, Karzai’s office said in a statement.


The ‘Ethnographic Atlas of the Tribes of Afghanistan’, published recently, reportedly described Hazaras as liars, stubborn, violent and anti-Islamic, prompting outrage from Hazara politicians.


“The content of the book is grossly offensive and considered an insult to all the resident ethnicities and thus the entire Afghan population,” the statement quoted Karzai as saying.


Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, leader of the Afghanistan People’s Unity Party, one of the main Hazara political factions, condemned the book and called for the authors to be puished.


Asadullah Sahdati, an MP from the Hazara-majority central province of Deh Kondi, condemned the book.


Read more: Oman Tribune

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