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Kabul rally backs Pashtons justice movement in Pakistan

Kabul rally backs Pashtons justice movement in Pakistan

Feb 09, 2018 - 15:41

KABUL (Pajhwok): Tens of youth in capital Kabul on Friday rallied in support of Pashton Long March in Pakistan for justice and asked the international community to put Pakistan in black list due to its continued support for terrorism.

The participants of rally declared their support for the tribal people and Pashtons in Pakistan chanted live long greater Afghanistan and death to Panjab.

Attiqullah, one of the protesters, said: “Giving the title of terrorist to Pashton was not acceptable to them. We the youth of Afghanistan support the Pashton Long March in Pakistan --- Pashtons are not terrorists but terrorism had been imposed on them.”

He said the youth of Pashtons were ready to support Pasthons on the other side of the Durand Line.

The unprecedented protest sit-in by the Pakistani Pashtuns entered a 10th day on Friday in Islamabad, despite assurances from the country’s prime minister to meet their demands.

A meeting between representatives of the Pashtun Qaumi Jirga and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi failed to convince the protesters to end their sit-in in the federal capital, the Pakistani media reported.

The premier had assured tribal elders of employing all resources to arrest suspended SSP Rao Anwar involved in the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in a staged police encounter in Karachi on January 13.

However, the jirga members at the protest venue were widely divided some as some elders convinced with the assurances favoured wrapping up the dharna, but a majority strongly opposed the idea.

Naqeebullah Mehsud was killed in what later proved to be a fake police encounter in Karachi. With the case being heard by the Supreme Court, Rao Anwar has been hiding to escape justice.

Seen by some as a new political awakening among the long suppressed ethnicity, the protest has been unprecedented.

Pashtun national leader and former senator Afrasiab Khattak had said the protest stemmed from the oppression of the Pashtuns.

Pakistani media quoted the protestors as saying they would continue their peaceful protest until their demands were met.