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Uprising if civilian deaths continue: Zabuli

Uprising if civilian deaths continue: Zabuli

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Mar 07, 2011 - 19:09

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Foreign troops have come to Afghanistaninfo-icon to grab Central Asian countries' resources, not to help Afghans, a parliamentary commission chief said on Monday.

A public upraising would take place if NATOinfo-icon-led forces do not stop killing civilians in their operations, the Senate Complaints Commission chief told a press conference in Kabul.

Since 2010, international troops had carried out 157 airstrikes in different parts of the country against "noncombatants", Zalmay Zabuli said.

Afghanistanwould become another Egypt or Tunisia, where the masses ousted their "entrenched" rulers, if the bombardments continued, the parliamentarian warned.

He said although foreign forces apologised for mistaken bombings, civilian deaths continued to happen. Such apologies were no longer acceptable, he added, seeking international guarantees that such mistakes would not be repeated. 

"If foreign troops strike civilians after this, I would ask my countrymen to rise against them and stage protests until they leave the country," he continued.

"Foreign forces have come to Afghanistan forcefully in a bid to occupy our country and control the Central Asian region, not to help us," insisted Zabuli, who accused companies providing logistic support for ISAFinfo-icon forces of tax evasion.

The interim Afghan government had signed with ISAF an agreement on giving a tax holiday to the companies providing supplies for foreign troops.

However, Zabuli said that the agreement should be sent to the parliament for approval so that legislators took an appropriate decision on the issue.

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