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Protestors want peace talks called off

Protestors want peace talks called off

Sep 27, 2011 - 12:26

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of Afghans on Tuesday took to the streets in Kabul against the assassination of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, seeking stringent punishment for the perpetrators.

The High Peace Councilinfo-icon chairman was assassinated and four others were injured in a suicide attack at his residence in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic enclave of Kabul on Tuesday.

The protest started at 8am from the Traffic Square, where angry participants blocked the roads leading to the airport, Kolala Pushta, Baraki and Ansari Square.

One of the protestors, Qari Samiullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News their aim was to bring to justice the people behind the assassination of jihadi leaders.

Pakistaninfo-icon's spy service, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon), was involved in the murder of the Rabbani, he claimed, asking the government not to behave like a silent spectator.

"We don't want the so-called reconciliation process to continue, because the Talibaninfo-icon are not interested in bringing about peace. Pakistan puppets as they are, the militants killed Rabbani on their master's orders," he alleged.

Residents complained of road blockades that prevented them going to work. "I am trying to drive through huge crowds since 8:20am, but could not do so as of 9am,” said Mahmud, who was on his way to the office along with two of his friends.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, deputy head of the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) Ziauddin said with the arrest of the mastermind behind the assassination, outsiders involved in the attack would be identified soon.

One of the protesters, who did not want to be named, said the demonstration was organised by former intelligence chief, Amrullah Saleh. Shortly after 9:30am, Saleh joined the protest. He led the protest to the UN office, where they wanted hand over a resolution to it.

But demonstrators stopped at the Taimani Square, where Saleh read out the resolution, saying they had stopped to avoid creating problems for residents.

The resolution asked the government to call off peace parleys with the Taliban and prosecute Rabbani's killers. The investigation into the assassination was illegal, because some government organs were "influenced by enemies".



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