Badakhshan residents, university students stage protests
FAIZABAD (PAN): Mourning the assassination of their elderly leader, residents of northeastern Badakhshan province took to the streets on Wednesday, demanding immediate action against the assassins of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.
The protestors also demanded the High Peace Council chairman, who was killed in a suicide attack at his home in the posh locality of Wazir Akbar Khan on Tuesday evening, be laid to rest in his home province.
As a token of mourning for the late leader, black banners hung from closed shops in his hometown on Wednesday morning. Thousands of demonstrators rallied in the city and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.
The rallying citizens, including youth, sought the arrest of the assassins and a thoroughgoing investigation into the incident. They underlined the need for lasting peace in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, provincial council head, Zabihullah Attique, urged the protestors to exercise restraint. The demonstration ended after a number of religious scholars spoke to the crowd in the city centre.
Meanwhile, university students staged a similar a demonstration in northern Jawzjan province. In a resolution, they called for cancelling peace negotiations with Taliban, a probe into the incident and prevention of more assassinations.
Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, the governor of northern Takhar province, established a 35-member committee to arrange funeral and fateha for Rabbani. The committee is comprised of elders and government officials.
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