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Protestors seek tit-for-tat response to Pakistan

Protestors seek tit-for-tat response to Pakistan

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May 03, 2013 - 15:25

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of Kabul residents on Friday took to the streets against Pakistaninfo-icon forces’ attack on an Afghan border post, asking the Karzai administration to adopt a clearl-defined policy toward the neighbouring country.

The demonstration came after a clash between Afghan border police and Pakistani troops in the Konsari area of Goshta district in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday night.

During the border skirmish, Afghan forces razed a newly-erected border gate. One policeman was killed and three others wounded while nearly 10 Pakistani soldiers suffered casualties in the battle.

If history was any guide, Pakistan had been trying to create problems for Afghanistaninfo-icon and attack on its territory, but would never realise its nefarious designs, said an organiser of the protest, Israr Karimzai.

While urging the international community to help enhance the strength of Afghan forces and equip them, he asked the Afghan government to resolve the problems of its security personnel on a priority basis.

“If services of youth are needed, we are ready to defend our soil and support our forces,” said Karimzai, known for his outstanding information technology skills.

The demonstrators including some Afghan soldiers and policemen chanted “down with Pakistan, down with ISIinfo-icon, long lives Afghan forces”.

Another protest leader, Mohammad Suleman, said:  “We praise the sacrifices of our armed forces and would not let Pakistan and Punjabis construct military installations in our soil.”

The protesters, who trampled on Pakistan’s flag, issued a resolution at the ending of the rally, asked the UN, the international community, OIC and NATOinfo-icon to prevent Pakistan from meddling in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

Afghan security personnel should be provided necessary tools, including gunship helicopters, the resolution said, asking the government to have a clear stance on Pakistan and respond effectively to its aggressive designs.

The protesters also demanded Goshta district should be renamed as Mohammad Qasim Khan, the border policeman who was killed in the clash.

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