Tajikistan, ECO Cultural Institute discuss cooperation

Issues related to cooperation in the field of culture within the framework of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Cultural Institute were discussed here yesterday at a meeting of Nizomiddin Zohidi, First Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, with Dr. Mehdi Mazaheri, Director of the ECO Cultural Institute, according to the Tajik MFA information department.  

The two, in particular, discussed the issues of holding events to honor known Tajik scholars and cultural figures, publishing articles by Tajik authorities in the Institute’s magazines as well as organizing various exhibitions.  

Zohidi and Mazaheri also exchanged views on ways to expand cultural exchange, the Tajik MFA information department said.  

Recall, the ECO Cultural Institute opened its representative office in Dushanbe in March 2010.  

ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) is affiliated with ECO and aims at fostering understanding and the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of its members through common projects in the field of the media, literature, art, philosophy, sport and education.

According to the Charter of ECO Cultural Institute (ECI), the institute has its headquarters in Tehran.  The Institute shall also have a branch (or coordination unit) in each Member State which will be established in accordance with the prevailing regulations of each Member State.  The branches shall function in close cooperation with the Headquarters and facilitate the implementation of the approved programs.

IRPT and ISIL: the practical evidence of the same teachings, activities, and aims of these two extremist organizations

DUSHANBE, 08.11.2017. /NIAT “Khovar”/. As previously was reported, the responsibility for the recent terrorist attack in New York was assumed by ISIL (banned in Tajikistan). This again demonstrates the serious threat posed by this terrorist organization to the whole world, including to Tajikistan, which is part of the world community. Especially at a time when the teaching, activities, and aims of ISIL and the extremist-terrorist organization of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (banned in Tajikistan) coincides. About this, an article was published in the newspaper “Faraj”, which today we decided to reprint in English translation.

Over the last years, the whole world has been shocked by the brutality of an extremist and terrorist group of the so-called “Islamic State” or ISIL. Every day, people around the world are horrified by the scenes of a particularly brutal group killing of innocent people, the burning or blowing up people, recording video on killing people and enjoyment of watching them, teaching kids to slaughtering, building grave-like prisons, introducing slavery and slave trade, the destruction of people on their ethnic and religious affiliations and thousands of other crimes committed by ISIL.

On watching these scenes, any sober citizen of Tajikistan will involuntarily say well that our people are far from these horrors and the atmosphere of peace and freedom reigns in our country. When I see these scenes on TV, I thank a hundred times that the way of ISIL was timely prevented in Tajikistan and our state banned the activity of ISIL on time!

The organization called itself the IRPT in Tajikistan, but its activities showed that the differences between them are only in the name. All facts and evidence prove that the IRPT is the same ISIL and ISIL – the same IRPT. The same ideology, same aim, one task, one way of acting, or as they say “one handwriting”. Only depending on the country of location: the name of ISIL has the words of “Iraq and the Levant” and the name of IRPT – the word of “Tajikistan”.


S. R. Mirzozoda: “The Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan had been involved in the coup attempt without a doubt”

DUSHANBE, 01.11.2017. /NIAT «Khovar»/. The journalist of “Jumhuriyat” newspaper had a special interview with the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Chief Military Prosecutor Major-General of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan S. R. Mirzozoda. This interview was published in #224 (23305) of the mentioned newspaper on 31st October 2017, which we reprint to our readers:

In modern society phenomenon of extremism and terrorism poses a serious threat to human development. The efforts to politicize religion remain as a norm in geopolitical games of superpowers and on its basis an interested groups implement conflicts and clashes in different regions of the planet. In connection with this and other related issues, we had talk with the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Chief Military Prosecutor Major-General of Justice S.R. Mirzozoda. First of all, we express our gratitude for your consent to interview, and we begin conversation with this question:

– In September of this year, an interview of Salim Hamdampur with the judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan Azizov Sh.O, who accepted the court’s decision on recognizing the IRPT as terrorist and extremist organization, had been published under the title of “There were three days left before the coup” in “Tajikistan” weekly. I would like to know your opinion on this material as the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Chief Military Prosecutor.


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