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Atlas of Ethnography By Academy Of Sciences Insult To All Ethnic Groups: President Karzai

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Kabul (BNA) A judicial meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai on the other day held an in-depth discussion over the recent publication by Afghanistan Academy of Science of a book known as the Atlas of Ethnography of Afghan ethnicities, where Hazara ethnic groups has in particular been offended and insulted.
Following an examination and review of the controversial book, the President ordered as per Article 64 of the Constitution the dismissal of the following individuals for insulting the Hazara population:
1. Abdul Bari Rashed, head of Afghanistan Academy of Sciences;
2. Sayed Mohammad Amin Mujahed, head of Secretariat of the Academy;
3. Abdul Hakim Safi, director of Center for Social Sciences; and
4. Nasrullah Sobman, deputy director for Social Sciences.
The meeting also tasked the Attorney General Office to investigate and bring to justice all those who, disguised as researchers, are involved in insulting and disparaging ethnicities.
The President said, “The content of the book is grossly offensive and considered an insult to all the resident ethnicities and thus the entire Afghan population.”
President Karzai instructed the Attorney General Office to immediately begin investigations.

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