Outrage over Quran desecrationBy Ataullah Khpelwak Feb 21, 2012 - 15:32
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people, protesting against the alleged burning of the Holy Quran by US troops at the Bagram Airbase in central Parwan province, blocked the Kabul-Jalalabad highway on Tuesday.
The protestors -- carrying white flags and chanting slogans against Afghan and US governments, claimed the US soldiers had torched four copies of the Quran on Tuesday night.
In the Pul-i-Charkh area on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, the demonstrators closed the busy road at 8am. As a result, traffic came to a halt, with a large number of vehicles parked on both sides of the road.
Mohammad Nabi, 45, introducing himself as a worker on the military base, said: “Night shift colleagues informed us that US soldiers burnt four copies of the Qurans on the airfield.”