The acting minister of foreign affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, on Sunday called on Uzbekistan to provide the amount of electricity mentioned in an agreement signed between Kabul and Tashkent.
Muttaqi criticized Uzbekistan for cutting the power supply to Afghanistan amidst a freezing winter in the country.
“They should stay committed to their promise that they have committed to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat that they would supply more than 400 megawatts of power to us. They have now cut off the power, and the people are facing problems,” he said.
This comes Kabul residents said they are concerned about power blackouts that have continued for the past few weeks amidst an unprecedented cold winter.
According to residents, electricity is provided only one hour within 24 hours.
“Power is supplied for half an hour at night. We face many problems. You know that we cannot install woodstoves in the Macroryan apartments therefore we use gas for heating our homes,” said Afghani, a resident of Kabul.
“The Islamic Emirate should solve the issue of power so that the people will be freed from these challenges,” said Hasmatullah, a Kabul resident.
They called on the Islamic Emirate to end power blackouts in the city.
“When the pact is signed, they must release the power. Attention should be very much on power,” said Gulzar” said Hasmatullah, a resident of Kabul.
This comes as Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said that efforts are underway to address the shortage of power in the country.
“We pay efforts days and nights to solve these problems through ans possible ways,” said Hekmatullah Akhundzada, head of the Kabul department of energy and water.
Afghanistan imports its electricity from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iran.