Kabul, Afghanistan–The minister for water and power, Ismail Khan, has announced that Kabul will soon get a non-stop supply of electricity. The Afghan capital has a serious lack of power and currently supplies electricity for a few hours only to some parts.
This statement comes at a time when the Afghan parliament is hotly debating the acceptance or otherwise of some ministers. It is intended to bolster Ismail Khan’s bid to gain the vote of confidence after having failed to achieve the required simple majority at the first try. Khan, who held the same office in the previous cabinet, was nominated again by President Karzai to maintain the crucial ethnic balance in his cabinet.
Khan is a Jihadi warlord from the Tajik ethnic group. He fought against the Soviets and was backed by Ahmad Shah Massoud, another warlord, who was assasinated during the demise of the Taliban in 2001. Khan was previously the governor of the key province of Herat. Herat, where he enjoys a sizeable popular support, is considered to be his stronghold.