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Anti-Pakistan protest staged in Sar-i-Pul

Anti-Pakistan protest staged in Sar-i-Pul

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May 15, 2013 - 17:30

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of people on Wednesday rallied against Pakistaninfo-icon for the May 1 border skirmish with Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province.

Spiritual leaders, students, government officials, shopkeepers and others staged a demonstration in Sar-i-Pul, chanting slogans against Pakistan and in support of Afghan security personnel.

An Afghan border police official, Mohammad Qasim, was martyred during the seven-hour clash in the Konsari area of Goshta district about two weeks ago.

A checkpoint of Pakistan troops and a border gate they had erected on Afghan soil were also destroyed in the high-stakes battle, which has sparked angry protests in a number of Afghan cities.

Nearly 400 people began the two-hour protest at 8am, praying for the soul of Mohammad Qasim, the deputy police chief, Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Pakistan was an enemy of Afghanistaninfo-icon that always tried to fuel the war in the country, said an organiser of the demonstration, Mohammad Adil Sar-i-Puli.

Qasim was as national hero and people were ready to fight alongside Afghan forces against Pakistan and other aggressors, said another protester, Qurban Ali.

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