Karzai urges youth not to inflame tension

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Kabul: Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has called on social media users to stop provoking tensions and ethnic divide. He urged Afghan youths and activists to prevent from sharing offensive materials that could inflame divisions.

Karzai’s comments come at a time of serious debate amongst a number of high level government officials to block the social media websites, specifically Facebook, as the country goes through political impasse due to election crisis.

Officials in the ministry of telecommunication and information technology of Afghanistan, had earlier said that a number of ministers and officials have asked to take actions against the pages that fermented ethnic and sectarian discrimination.

The National Security Council (NSC) has rejected to block Facebook.

Political turmoil looms as preliminary results put Ashraf Ghani in the lead, which Abdullah Abdullah vehemently disputes. Instead he has declared himself the true winner, saying massive fraud robbed him of victory.

The election stand-off has sparked fears that protests could spiral into ethnic violence — and even lead to a return of the fighting between warlords that ravaged Afghanistan during the 1992-1996 civil war.