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Qadir says did not urge Barakzai for hunger strike

Qadir says did not urge Barakzai for hunger strike

Oct 13, 2011 - 17:58

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Law Supporting Coalition chief has denied the interior ministry's allegations that the collation had urged Samin Barakzai, an ousted female lawmaker, to continue her huger strike that entered the 12th day on Thursday.

The interior ministry in a statement has said Haji Zahir Qadir, the coalition head, prevented the National Assembly security personal from shifting Barakzai to the Sardar Mohammad Dawood Military Hospital for medical check up. It said Qadir's action could result into the death of Barakzai.

"Every Afghan has the right to protest under the law, unless it does harm civilians and public and private properties," the statement said.

The ministry said people who wanted to continue their hunger strike should go to proper places to avoid causing problems for public. It also feared that terrorists could take advantage of the situation.

Public representative from eastern Nangarhar province, Zahir Qadir, in a letter to the interior ministry said he and the law supporting coalition did not urge anybody to go on hunger strike and that they had also no right to stop someone from going on hunger strike.

"It is the duty of Isteqlal hospital officials to transfer Barakzai to the hospital. It is not the job of military", he added.  He said the military should do its real job of providing security for the country and protestors.

The law supporting coalition would not cooperate with the interior ministry in removing hunger strikes camps.



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