Head of Tajikistan's Islamic Revival Party (IRP) Mukhiddin Kabiri has slammed the country’s president over a temporary suspension of issuing visas, which was apparently aimed at denying the entrance of the majority of the invitees to the IRP’s fortieth anniversary ceremony.
Indirectly addressing President Emomali Rahmon during the ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the party, Kabiri said Tajikistan is no one’s private property and ‘you can’t invite guests whenever you like, but close the doors whenever you don’t.’
Kabiri said only 20 out of the 200 foreign guests invited to the party’s 40th anniversary ceremony, which was held on April 28, had been able to make it to the event due to the restriction.
Tajikistan suspended the issuance of entry visas at airports from April 20 to April 29 for what it called technical reasons.
‘How come singers and dancers get to stage concerts in halls, and yet, while I talked with the president’s chief of staff about the allocation of a hall 6 months ago, they (the authorities) reject [my request]?’ Kabiri said.
He said the party is accused of Wahhabism and Shiaism, adding that ‘if loving the Ahl al-Bayt is Shiaism, then we are all Shias.’