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Khostis rally against rocket shelling from Pakistan

Khostis rally against rocket shelling from Pakistan

Mar 02, 2017 - 16:29

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Periodic rocket and artillery shelling from Pakistaninfo-icon into eastern Kunar and Nangarhar provinces on Thursday sparked a protest demonstration by hundreds of people in southeastern Khost province.

The demonstrators chanted slogans “death to Pakistan” and carried banners characterizing Pakistan as ‘cancer’ of the region.

Afghan officials say Pakistani forces have been firing rockets from across the Durand Lineinfo-icon into Lalpoora district of Nangarhar and Khas Kunar district of Kunar over the past many days. The shelling had caused casualties, displacement and financial losses to people.

The protestors asked the international community, particularly the United States, to discharge their responsibility towards protecting Afghanistaninfo-icon’s territory under security agreements with Kabulinfo-icon.

Protestor Shah Mohammad said: “We respect our neighbors and we demand mutual respect from them. We don’t fire rockets into their soil nor we issue fatwas declaring them infidels.”

He said if the aggression continued, the Afghans were responsible to defend their country and respond effectively.

They also asked Pakistan to avoid disuniting Pashtuns on both sides of the Durand Line and immediately reopen the Torkham and Spin Boldak crossing points.

Similar rallies have been taken out against Pakistan in Nangarhar, Kunar, Kabul, Balkh, Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

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