Protest held outside Pakistan embassy in Kabul

Demonstrators protest against recent bomb attacks in Afghanistan, says spokesperson

Tahir Khan January 13, 2017
Afghan protesters hold placards during a demonstration staged outside the Pakistani embassy in Kabul on Friday, January 13, 2016. PHOTO COURTESY:

ISLAMABAD: Scores of supporters for ex-Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh staged on Friday a protest demonstration outside the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.

“The demonstrators used abusive language against Pakistan,” embassy spokesperson Akhtar Munir told The Express Tribune.

General (retd) Esa, deputy to the former Afghan intelligence chief, led the rally to protest against the recent bomb attacks in Kabul and Kandahar, which killed nearly 60 people, including five UAE diplomats. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack but denied hand in the Kandahar bombing.

The embassy spokesperson said Saleh’s supporters organised the anti-Pakistan rally because of his “strong links with India”. “The diplomatic staff could not go to the embassy due to security concerns,” Munir said. The demonstrators dispersed after staging the hour-long protest at a close proximity of the embassy compound, he added.

COAS denounces Afghan bombings

Munir said the embassy officials contacted senior Afghan administration for security as the demonstrators came close to the embassy building. “Pakistanis have never demonstrated outside the Afghan embassy in Islamabad or its diplomatic missions despite terrorist attacks in Pakistan,” he said.

Pakistan maintains that the militants operate from the Afghan side of the border as they were forced to flee following Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Weak security

At least 50 dead in bombings across three Afghan cities

Analysts in Afghanistan believe the recent attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand exposed the weakness of the Afghan security agencies as all the attacks were carried out in security zones.

Some Afghans also questioned the role of the Kandahar police chief, General Raziq, who disappeared from the guest house at the time of the suicide bombing in Kandahar. The UAE ambassador and Kandahar governor were among the injured.


FAZ | 6 years ago | Reply @Billa: Sponsored, and even declared. Protest arrangements by an intelligence operator. I guess he is devoid of personal intelligence..
Billa | 6 years ago | Reply Sponsored demonstration. We know who is sponsoring them to attain what.
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