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Kabul residents, civil society activists rally against Pakistan

Kabul residents, civil society activists rally against Pakistan

Feb 01, 2018 - 14:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of residents and civil society activists on Thursday staged a protest against Islamabad and the Taliban in front of the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, asking the international community to designate Pakistan as a terrorist country.

Days after a series of deadly assaults in the city, the protesters gathered in Kart-i-Parwan Square, close to the Pakistan embassy, and chanted “death to ISI and death to supporters of terrorism”.

They accused Taliban of committing crimes against humanity and Pakistan of aiding terrorists. “Pakistan is the mother of terrorism. Anas Haqqani should be hanged,” the demonstrators demanded.

The enraged protesters wanted to march toward the main embassy gate, but security forces did not allowed them.

Laila Jafari, one of the protesters, told Pajhwok Afghan News the purpose of the rally was to send a message to the international community that Pakistan aided terrorism and that it must take steps to force Islamabad into severing ties to rebel groups.

“Pakistan is behind suicide attacks and bomb blast in Afghanistan. The government of Pakistan is a pro-terrorist government and we want it to stop supporting to terrorists and sending insurgents into Afghanistan,” she said.

Jafari asked the national unity government to give Pakistan a tit-for-tat response if it refused to stop aiding terrorism and continued killing the innocent people of Afghanistan.

Bahruddin Jawzjani, a religious scholar who took part in the protest, said the entire world knew well that Pakistan was supporting terrorism, insecurity and cruelty in Afghanistan. The government, the UN and human rights watchdogs should stop Pakistani attacks, he added.

The protesters demanded hanging of Taliban and other militant prisoners on death row. In a resolution, they urged the government to cut economic and transit trade ties with Pakistan.

They suggested strengthened relations with Tajikistan, China and India and reminded the US to implement its commitment under the Bilateral Strategic Agreement (BSA) by eradicating terrorist safe havens in Pakistani.

The resolution also asked the UNSC to allow military operations inside Pakistani for the eradication of terrorist sanctuaries.