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Hundreds rally against Wolesi Jirga decision in Zabul

Hundreds rally against Wolesi Jirga decision in Zabul

Nov 10, 2017 - 16:38

QALAT (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Friday staged a protest rally in the Shah Joy district of southern Zabul province, calling for writing words “Islam” and “Afghan” in the computerized identity cards.

The protesters emerged from western part of the district bazaar at about 9am and continued their demonstration until noon on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.

The protest comes 10 days after the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament rejected a presidential decree seeking changes to the population census law.

One of the protestors in Shah Joy district, Abdul Hadi Hadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Islam and Afghan were their religious and national values and protection of values was a duty.

He said about 1000 people attended the demonstration and chanted slogans against those who had rejected the two words.

Another protestor, Najibullah, said the Afghan government should remove from government posts individuals who possessed anti-culture values of the Afghans.

He said like other parts of the country, the people of Zabul were also against the Wolesi Jirga’s decision of rejecting the presidential decree and hoped the Meshrano Jirga and the president would respect people’s demand.

The protestors warned of continuing their movement if the government did not act on their demands.

Shah Joy district chief Wazir Mohammad Jawad said peaceful demonstration was every Afghan’s right.

He said today’s demonstration dispersed without any problem.