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Holy Quran defile claim baseless: Governor

Holy Quran defile claim baseless: Governor

May 26, 2012 - 19:05

BAGRAM (PANinfo-icon): The governor of central Maidan Wardak on Saturday rubbished allegations that foreign soldiers disrespected the Holy Quraninfo-icon and said it was the handiwork of pro-militant group to rile up anti-security forces sentiments among the public. 

On Saturday morning, hundreds of people staged demonstrations in the Sayyidadbad district to protest the acts of coalition forces, including claims that troops had insult the holy book and torched a pharmacy that treated militants.

Mohammad Halim Fidai, Wardak Provincial Governor, said protest was orchestrated by insurgent supporters who lied to local residents that coalition forces displayed acts of disrespect to Islam and the Holy Quran.

"Supporters of armed insurgents called local residents by cell phone, especially teachers and students, and intimidated them to go out and stage a protest. Of course, they spread the propaganda that coalition forces disrespected our religion and burnt the Holly Quran. This is a
total lie and didn't happen," Fidai said in a statement.
He said the false propaganda was spread to retaliate against Afghan Security Forces (ANSFinfo-icon) and coalition soldiers’ successful operations, launched against armed insurgents two days ago, where two Talibaninfo-icon commanders were killed.
Fidai said insurgent supporters were misusing schools and religious values to drum up support against ANSF and NATOinfo-icon-led forces in the area.
"These are all done to play with people's emotions and raise them up against their own government,” he added.

He urged people in Wardak, religious leaders, mosqueinfo-icon mullahs, tribal elders and school
teachers to oppose these inhuman, un-Islamic and anti-Afghan activities, and do not be silent towards insurgents subversive activities.



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