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Protestors block Jalalabad-Torkham highway

Protestors block Jalalabad-Torkham highway

Sep 23, 2012 - 14:25

JALALABAD (PAN): Hundreds of people, protesting against a profane film released in the US, on Sunday blocked the busy Jalalabad-Torkham Highway at two locations for two hours in eastern Nangarhar province.

The movie, produced by an American-Israeli and endorsed by the same Christian pastor who last year attempted to burn copies of the holy Quran, has sparked violent protests by Muslims in several countries.

“Nearly 2,500 people in the Lal Pura and Momandara districts took to the streets and blocked the Jalalabad-Torkham highway at two locations -- Daka and Kamki Khyber -- a few kilometres from the Torkham dry port, the Lal Pura district chief said.

Qayum Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News the highway was reopened at around 9:30am after the protest ended.

The protesters were chanting slogans against the US for not taking action against the moviemaker, who they sought to be punished massively for insulting the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH).

The demonstrators called on the Afghan government and Islamic countries to cut off diplomatic relations with the US, a protester, Rohullah, said.

However, a trucker, Aziz-ur-Rahman, who was taking onion from Kabul to Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, said the government should not allow protesters to block roads.

It was a peaceful protest, said the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.