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Protestors declare jihad against Pakistan

Protestors declare jihad against Pakistan

May 09, 2013 - 18:27

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of people, including the physically-challenged, emerged on roads in Takhar, Uruzgan and Laghman provinces to protest against Pakistaninfo-icon for the 7th consecutive day on Thursday.

Thousands of people rallied in Tirinkot -- the capital of central Uruzgan province -- against cross-border attacks by Pakistan and declared jihadinfo-icon against the neighbouring country.

Religious scholars, tribal elders and former jihadiinfo-icon figures were among the protestors, who accused Pakistan of interfering brazenly in Afghanistaninfo-icon’s internal affairs over the past 30 years.

Governor Amir Mohammad Khan Akhundzada was the first to issue the call for jihad, with many participants endorsing his suggestion. A statement from his office said that religious scholars had urged all Afghans to be part of the jihad against Pakistan.

In norther Takhar, two separate but peaceful protest demonstrations were staged -- one in Taloqan, the provincial capital -- and the second in Yangi Qala district. The protestors said they were ready to fight alongside Afghan security forces against Pakistan.

They asked the government to declare war on Pakistan for twice assaulting Afghan border posts in less than a week in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province and erecting military installations and security gates.

Director of Disabled Affairs Jan Agha told Pajhwok Afghan News the individuals who lost their body parts during the jihad era were ready to defend their motherland against any type of foreign aggression.

He added the recent attacks by Pakistan were not anything new as the country had long been making efforts to get the British-mandated Duran Line recognised as an international border.

Separately, a similar protest erupted in the Alishang district of eastern Laghman province. The demonstrators raised anti-Pakistan slogans, rejecting the Durand Lineinfo-icon as an arbitrary border that Afghans would never recognise.





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