Protesters want interior, defence ministers fired
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Over a thousand enraged protesters in central Bamyan province on Tuesday termed Jalrez carnage a war crime and demanded immediate sacking of interior and acting defence ministers.
At least 30 militants and 24 Afghan Local Police (ALP) men were killed and 18 other rebels wounded in Kabul-Bamyan Highway clashes in central Maidan Wardak province on Friday.
The ALP force also lost control of 12 security posts. However, security officials had said Afghan forces regained control of all 12 posts in Jalrez district.
Over 3,000 protesters started march from Jami Masjid and chanted anti Taliban slogans and condemned the president and interior minister. Members of the provincial Ulama Council, civil society activists and Bamyan citizens took part in the rally.
A couple of days back, hundreds of residents of central Bamyan province took to the street against the killing of 24 ALP members by rebels and criticised the government for demonstrating what they called negligence.
Hundreds of Bamyan residents including civil society activists and members of provincial council held a protest in Bamyan City, accusing security officials, particularly ministers of defense and interior of negligence.
Taiba Khawari, chief of Bamyan provincial council, had said that people of the province warned the illegally-formed government and its leaders to defend other Afghans.
“The security forces suffering from hunger and facing acute shortage of weapons while the government was watching them as silent spectator,” she alleged.
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