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Kabul students rally against Muslim deaths in Burma

Kabul students rally against Muslim deaths in Burma

Sep 13, 2017 - 17:07

KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Kabul University students on Wednesday protested against the crackdown on Muslims in Burma and the airdropping of blasphemous leaflets by US forces in Parwan and Kapisa provinces.

Around 300 students gathered in front of the Kabul University chanting slogans: “Are Muslims in Burma not humans,” “stop ethnic cleansing in Myanmar,” and “control wild Buddhists”.

According to media reports, more than 2,000 Muslims in Burma have been killed and over 300,000 others forcibly displaced from homes by rampaging Buddhist extremists.

Rohingya Muslims currently live in temporary tents and are under close surveillance of police. They are restricted from moving out of their areas.

Reshad Akbari, one of the protesting students, old Pajhwok Afghan News that they raised their voice for prevention of the mass killing of Muslims in Myanmar and insult to Islam by the US forces in Afghanistan.

“The aim of this protest is not only to condemn anti-Muslim brutalities in Burma, but also to condemn those who kill Afghans by suicide bombs and attacks and insult Islam,” he said.

He asked human rights organizations and Islamic countries to break their silence and prevent the barbarism against innocent Muslims in Burma and insult to Islam in Afghanistan.

Abidullah, a literature student at Kabul University, said the killing of Muslims in Burma and insult to Islam in Afghanistan were actions against humanity and Islam. “The world’s silence about Myanmar unrest proves its inattention to Muslims,” he said.

The protestors also condemned anti-Islam brochures airdropped by US forces in two central provinces. They asked the government to decisively investigate the issue.

On September 3, US forces airdropped leaflets in parts of Parwan and Kapisa provinces that contained a photo of a lion running towards a dog with Kalima Tayyeba written on its body.

The protesters read out a resolution letter and demanded immediate end to torturing Muslim minorities, religious discrimination against Muslims and insults to Islam.

The resolution asked international human rights organizations to raise their voice against the humanitarian disaster in Myanmar.

Two days earlier, Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of the parliament -- also condemned the leaflets and the killing of Muslims in Burma. Lawmakers asked the government to investigate the leaflets’ issue.

Afghans in other provinces also condemned the killing of Muslims in Myanmar and demanded help from international organizations in preventing the “genocide.”