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32nd Herat uprising anniversary marked

32nd Herat uprising anniversary marked

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Mar 15, 2011 - 17:07

HERAT CITY (PANinfo-icon): Herat on Tuesday marked the 32nd anniversary of its uprising against the then-Soviet-backed Afghan government in which more than 24,000 people were killed.

On March 15, 1979, communist forces attacked Herat and killed around 24,000 people and arrested thousands of other who had been protesting against the growing influence of the Soviet Union.

Mohammad Ismael Khan, the acting water and energy minister and a former jihadiinfo-icon, told thousands of people in Herat city on Tuesday that Afghan people had always defended their country against invaders and would do so in the future as well.

He called upon the Talibaninfo-icon to join the peace process so as to leave no reason for foreign forces to stay in the country.

The former commander strongly criticised those who want permanent US military bases in the country.

"Afghan people themselves can maintain their country's security."

He said Afghan people would work with Afghan security forces in an effort to bring peace to the country.

President Hamid Karzai has said any decision on US bases in Afghanistaninfo-icon will be decided by a traditional grand council, or Loya Jirgainfo-icon.

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