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Anti-Pakistan demonstration staged in Kabul

Anti-Pakistan demonstration staged in Kabul

Oct 02, 2011 - 15:21

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Residents took to the streets on Sunday in Kabul to protest recent Pakistani shelling into eastern provinces and a string of high-profile assassinations.

The demonstrators gathered at the Shahr-i-Naw Park and marched to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA), chanting anti-Pakistaninfo-icon slogans.

To condemn the Pakistani Army artillery barrage into Kunar and Nuristan provinces and the killing of important Afghan figures, including High Peace Councilinfo-icon chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani, the demonstration was organised by the Jabhay-e-Musharakati Mili.

The Jabhay-e-Musharakati Mili or National Participation Front is a political party led by ex-parliamentarian Najib Kabuli, who also led several anti-Iran demonstrations over harnessing of Afghan water, a blockade of fuel tankers and problems of Afghan refugees in that country.

The High Peace Council chief was assassinated on September 20 as a result of a suicide attack on his house in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district of Kabul.

More than two hundred protestors urged the government and the United Nations to take serious action on the issue.

Shah Mahmud Popal, the chairman of the Islamic Peace Party of Afghanistan (IPPA) and one of the participants, said the demonstration was aimed to denounce Pakistan’s interference and recent artillery shelling.

“We want Pakistan to stop cross-border attacks on Afghanistan forthwith,” Popal said, adding the demonstrators wanted the international community to help defend the country’s borders in accordance with the commitments of the Bonn Conference.

Afghan officials say more than 600 rockets were fired into Kunar and Nuristan from Sept. 21 through Sept. 28, causing heavy casualties and displacing hundreds of families. He asked the government to act tit for tat with Pakistan.

Pakistan opposed peace and stability in the country and that was why Islamabad and its intelligence agency were targeting high-profile Afghan figures so as to weaken the government, he alleged.

Noor Mohammad Modaqiq, another protester, asked the government and the international community to respond to Pakistani attacks, warning the people would act if the government failed to do so.

Modaqiq said: "Pakistan is the enemy of Afghans and will never let their country develop; we, therefore, should adopt a tit-for-tat policy.”

The protesters issued a resolution, saying: “We condemn the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon) and military for recent attacks on our border provinces and their involvement in back-to-back assassinations of influential figures.”

The resolution warned Pakistan of retaliatory attacks. “We, the people of Afghanistan and the Jabhay-e-Musharakati Mili, want the UN, Organisation of the Islamic Conferenceinfo-icon (OIC), the US, European Union (EU), media, civil societyinfo-icon and human rights bodies to prevent Pakistani attacks.



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