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Who is an Afghan? Row over ID cards fuels ethnic hatred amid terror scourge

The dispute is over how nationality will be designated on the new cards, with leading figures from some ethnic groups rejecting the term 'Afghan'

Reuters 

A multi-million dollar plan to issue new electronic identity cards ahead of elections in Afghanistan has stirred heated debate and ethnic animosity, raising political tension just as the country faces a stepped-up campaign of Taliban attacks. The dispute is over how nationality will be designated on the new cards, with leading figures from some ethnic groups rejecting the term “Afghan”. The controversy highlights the difficulties of reaching agreement on just about anything in the diverse, faction-ridden country and comes as President Ashraf Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, ...

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 11:40 IST
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