The Uzbek authorities are seriously concerned about the fate of the Uzbeks in Afghanistan after the Taliban * movement, banned in Russia, came to power and gained control over the northern provinces, where the majority of the population is not Pashtuns, but Uzbeks.
There are up to 3 million Uzbeks in Afghanistan. The regions of their compact residence are the northern provinces of Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan, Takhar, Dzhauzjan, Faryab. Here, the Uzbek language was considered a regional language, it was broadcast on TV channels. Batur tv and National television, a newspaper was published.
August 16, Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis Odiljon Tozhiev expressed concern that the situation in Afghanistan is not the best for the Uzbeks. “We have lost our peace of mind … Difficult days have begun for the Uzbek diaspora in Afghanistan. Given that the Taliban movement originated among the Pashtun tribes, internal ethnic relations, which were already a delicate and sensitive issue for Afghanistan, will become even more tense. “ – said Tozhiev, expressing his readiness that “Uzbekistan will enter into negotiations in the interests of ethnic Uzbeks abroad.” President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Merziyoyev confirmed that for the sake of peace and tranquility in his country he is ready to negotiate with any groupings and movements.
In turn, the Taliban promised Tashkent that “not a single bullet” would be fired at the Uzbek servicemen, and the borders of Uzbekistan would remain inviolable.
September 1 Spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahideen and spokesman for the political office of the Taliban Mohammad Suheil Shahin sent congratulatory messages on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
A completely unexpected news was the recognition of the Uzbek language as one of the official languages of Afghanistan along with Pashto and Dari on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence. I wrote about this in Telegram official representative of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry Yusup Kabulzhanov:
“Recently, the so-called analyst Anwar Nazir published a note on social networks that the Taliban movement allegedly excluded the study of the Uzbek language in Afghanistan from the school curriculum. Based on this, the specified person concludes that the study of the legacy of Amir Temur, Shaybanikhan, Boborahim Mashrab, Mahmud Ghaznevi, Abu Raikhan Beruni, as well as Navoi is prohibited by the Taliban. I would like to inform you that during the conversation of the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the official leadership of the Taliban movement, the above information was denied by the Afghan side as untrue.
The Taliban spokesman confirmed that the Uzbek language, along with the Pashto and Dari languages, will continue to remain one of the official languages of Afghanistan. Its study and development in Afghanistan, according to the official representative of the Taliban, will be given great importance by the new leadership of the country. “
Kabulzhanov expressed regret that “Some ignorant“ analysts ”and journalists publish openly distorted and false information in search of“ dubious sensations and fried facts ”…
According to commentators, the new Afghan authorities need maximum calm in the north, which Chinese investors are interested in. Pragmatism takes over.
It is sad to realize that now the speakers of the Uzbek language in Afghanistan have much more rights than the Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine.
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