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Hundreds rally against security pact with US

Hundreds rally against security pact with US

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Nov 10, 2013 - 16:46

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of opposition political activists on Sunday warned of kicking up a storm of protests if a security pact allowing the continued US military presence in the country was signed.

At a protest sponsored by the United National Front in Kabul, they said signing the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States would amount to a compromise on the supreme national interest.

Included religious scholars, tribal elders, university teachers, students and a large number of youth, the demonstrators chanted slogans against the US. They said inking the BSA would mean Afghanistaninfo-icon to foreigners.

Mohammad Zaman Muzamil, one of the participants, warned those involved in compromising the national interest would face horrible consequences from opponents of the BSA.

A Loya Jirgainfo-icon, to be attended by about 3,000 people from all over the country, is due to convene in mid-November to discuss the agreement for four to seven days.

Waheed Muzhda, the National United Front spokesman, claimed the agreement would not ensure post-2014 US assistance to Afghanistan. Signing the pact would leave Afghans with hostile neighbours, he believed.

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