Bamiyan had been part of the original route for the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power project, known as TUTAP, which officials say will unite Afghanistan’s 10 separate power grids and bring electricity to millions of homes that lack it.“Bamiyan is a poor province, whatever people have there they have built themselves,” said demonstrator Joma Khan, 28.“Imagine if there was power there how many people could be put to work in one of Afghanistan’s poorest provinces.”President Ashraf Ghani’s government says the decision to change the route of the project — which is being funded by the Asian Development Bank — happened under the previous administration of former President Hamid Karzai.The rows of holes that can be seen in photographs were spaces that held wooden pegs which served to stabilize the outer stucco.They were intentionally dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were "idols".Although El Señor Presidente does not explicitly identify its setting as early twentieth-century Guatemala, the novel's title character was inspired by the 1898–1920 presidency of Manuel Estrada Cabrera.The style of El Señor Presidente influenced a generation of Latin American authors.
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But Ghani’s second vice president, Sarwar Danish, said the change was decided at a recent cabinet meeting."The goal is to provide electricity to the people, not to distribute projects based on the lobbying and pressure of small interest groups.
It's about practicality," said Daoud Noorzai, deputy chief of staff at the presidential office.
The Islamist Taliban government decreed that the statues, which had survived for over 1,500 years, were idolatrous and un-Islamic.
Herein, they made the decision to destroy the statues." However, he did not comment on the fact that a foreign museum offered to "buy the Buddhist statues, the money from which could have been used to feed children." On April 19, 2004, in a purported interview with Pakistani journalist Mohammad Shehzad, Mullah Mohammad Omar said the following, "I did not want to destroy the Bamyan Buddha.