Hundreds rally against Pakistan, Iran
Nearly 500 individuals, including university teachers and students, gathered in front of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) office in Farah City, chanting "death to Pakistan and death to Iran".
Tension between Kabul and Islamabad has been on the rise since the May 1 border skirmish in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province. Officials claim Pakistani forces have advanced into Afghan territory over the past decade, a charge denied by Islamabad.
Afghan and Pakistani border forces clashed for a second time earlier this month, with each side accusing the other of unprovoked attacks.
The anti-Pakistan and Iran rally in Farah was addressed by Mujahideen Council head, Habibullah, who said the peoples of the two countries had no problem.
But the Pakistani military and the powerful intelligence agency, the ISI, were involved in anti-Afghanistan activities, he alleged, condemning the attacks on Afghan posts in Nangarhar.
Another speaker, Dr. Mohammad Ikram Azimi, the head of a private university, said Pakistan had acted against international norms by attacking Afghan areas.
He suggested the Afghan government should take its case against Islamabad to the United Nations. "Pakistan has often been involved in naked aggression against Afghanistan, something that needs to be prevented," he stressed.
The protestors vowed to support their security personnel and called on Pakistan to withdraw its forces from Afghan territory and stop attacking posts on this side of the Durand Line. They said Afghanistan would never accept the British-mandated border.
In a declaration, the demonstrators asked the international community not to recognise the Durand Line as an international border because its recognition could threaten peace in the entire region.
The protestors also chanted slogans against Iran for shooting injured 10 Afghan workers who reportedly crossed into the neigbouring country from Farah province on Friday.
Reports said about 350 Afghans, heading to Iran from Farah, came under attack from Iranian guards. Ten of them injured in the incident were brought back to a district hospital in Farah. Nearly 150 others have been missing.
But lawmaker Gul Ahmad Azimi said 10 Afghans were killed and several others who sustained injuries in the attack remained in Iranian custody.
Abdul Rauf, one of the protestors, said they strongly condemned the brutal action and asked Tehran to ensure such incidents did not recur in future.
The Iranian Embassy in Kabul says it has not yet received any report from the government in Tehran regarding the incident.
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