Thousands rally against Pakistan, Iran
ZARANJ (PAN): Thousands of people on Tuesday emerged on roads in southwestern Nimroz province, strongly condemning Pakistani attacks on Afghan posts in the east earlier this month and killing Afghans by the Iranians near the western border.
The demonstrators gathered in Zaranj, the provincial capital, before noon and chanted "death to Pakistan and death to Iran".
Officials coming all the way from northwestern Farah province also took part in the rally to express their sentiments regarding the death of four Farah residents at the hands of Iranian guards.
On Friday, Iranian guards allegedly opened fire at a large number of Afghans trying to cross the border into the neighbouring country.
Common people, shopkeepers, teachers and students participated in the protest to condemn what they called brutal actions of Pakistan and Iran against Afghans.
Pakistan has been firing mortar shells and missiles into Afghan villages in eastern provinces over the past nearly two years. So far a number of people have been killed and maimed and scores of others rendered homeless as a result of the period shelling blamed on Pakistani security forces.
Pakistani forces had recently established a security gate well inside Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province. Afghan border policemen razed the gate during the first border skirmish that took place on May 1. The second skirmish occurred when Pakistani forces started reconstructing the gate.
On Friday, nearly 300 Afghans were heading to Iran from Farah when Iranian guards opened fire at them. Local officials put at 10 the number of those killed in the incident. Nearly a dozen others were injured and about 89 have been missing after the shooting.
Abdul Hakim, who attended the rally in Zaranj, vehemently condemned Pakistan and Iran for what he called inhuman actions against the Afghans.
Hakim, who lost his both legs during the jihad against the Soviets, said neighbouring countries should realise that Afghans had lost patience with their anti-Afghanistan policies. He said his entire family members were ready to sacrifice their lives for the motherland.
He called on the people of Afghanistan to shun their differences and stay united against their common enemy and threats posed to them by Pakistan and Iran.
A high school teacher, Abdul Hadi, said Afghanistan had never tolerated foreign interference in its affairs. He said daily protest demonstrations across the country showed Afghans could no longer afford foreign aggression.
Nimroz governor Mohammad Sarwar Sabat also addressed the rally. He said the entire nation was expressing its anger against foreign interferences and aggression.
On Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said it was dispatching a delegation to Iran to investigate reported casualties among Afghans at the hands of Iranian guards near the shared border.
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