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Protestors want Rabbani's killers unmasked

Protestors want Rabbani's killers unmasked

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Sep 24, 2011 - 13:37

CHARIKARinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Protestors blocked the Kabulinfo-icon-Parwan highway on Saturday to condemn the assassination of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, the High Peace Councilinfo-icon chairman.

More than 500 people took to the streets, urging a stop to the killing of high-profile jihadi leaders and other figures and chanting "death to Pakistaninfo-icon", one protestor said.   

Firdous told Pajhwok Afghan News: "Prof. Rabbani was our leader, who was assassinated by the enemies of Afghanistaninfo-icon."

While denouncing the assassination as a cowardly act, the demonstrators asked the government to unmask the killers and bring them to justice as soon as possible. 

The protestors blocked the Kabul-Parwan highway and the Mehrabuddin Parwani road, the traffic department chief said. Security forces are trying to reopen the highway.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the governor said the demonstration began at 8am in the fourth police district of Charikar, the provincial capital.

Responding to a request from the authorities, she added, the men reopened the road and shifted to the Eidgah Mosqueinfo-icon, where they continued their protest.

Syed Saboor, a protestor, said: "Unlike opportunists, we don't want to incite violence and that's why we have changed the venue."

Rabbani was laid to rest in the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district of Kabul on Friday afternoon, amid rowdy scenes and in the absence of President Hamid Karzai.

The funeral procession went peacefully to the hill-top graveyard, where an emotionally-charged former Afghan spy chief, Amrullah Saleh, shouted: "We don't want to bury our martyr in the presence of government officials."

As friends took Saleh away to calm him down, a number of people behind the graveyard wall sought to enter. Denied entry into the cemetery, they pelted stones at the security personnel on duty. The individuals forced their way into graveyard.

Key opposition leaders Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Amrullah Saleh came hard on the government. Amid anti-government slogans, Abdullah said: "Karzai must tell the people who the killer of Rabbani is."

He claimed the authorities had disconnected microphones so people's slogans could not be heard. Although they laid Rabbani to rest with due respect, they would not remain silent, the ex-foreign minister said.

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