Students protest raid on Paktika madrassa
SHARAN (PAN): Hundreds of people on Wednesday rallied against foreign troops for what they called desecration of the Quran during an overnight raid on a religious school in southeastern Paktika province.
The protestors gathered in the Shaheedan Square area of Sharan, the provincial capital, and started shouting slogans against NATO-led soldiers and the Afghan government.
One of the participants, Maulvi Hayatullah Akhundzada, a teacher at the Ihsanul Uloom religious school, told Pajhwok Afghan News foreign troops raided the madrassa last night, arresting two students and insulting the Quran.
Tribal council secretary Abdul Latif, also accused foreign troops of disrespecting the Quran and other religious books. "We would launch a nationwide movement against foreigners if they do not stop their illegal activities,” he warned.
Shopkeepers’ union head Gulzada Hamidi said hundreds of people attended the rally to denounce foreign troops’ raid on the madrassa.
However, ISAF media office in Paktika said the raid had been conducted in coordination with Afghan security forces and rejected the claim that the troops had committed any insult to the Islamic books.
It said the detainees had links with the Haqqani group and involved in insurgency in the province.
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