Diplomatic spat: Afghans protest border shelling

Published: July 3, 2011
Afghan security personnel patrol near men taking part in a demonstration against Pakistan in Kabul on July 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Afghan security personnel patrol near men taking part in a demonstration against Pakistan in Kabul on July 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP


Around 200 Afghans joined a protest on the streets of Kabul on Saturday against what Afghanistan says are “Pakistani rocket attacks” which have left dozens of people dead.

The protesters carried banners with slogans such as: “We condemn the invasion on our soil” and slamming Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

The demonstration broke up peacefully after a couple of hours, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Separately, the border police commander of eastern Afghanistan, General Aminullah Amarkhail, confirmed he submitted his resignation on Thursday over the attacks.

A diplomatic spat has flared in recent days amid accusations over the rocket attacks which the Afghan government says could damage “improving trust and cooperation” between the two.

Earlier this week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani in Kabul to demand an end to rocket attacks.

Western and Afghan officials see assistance from Pakistan as crucial to efforts to open up a communication channel with the Taliban amid early stage contacts over peace talks in the near 10-year war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan says its security forces may have fired a few “accidental” rounds into Afghanistan while pursuing militants. It also claims that insurgents from Afghanistan have crossed the border to attack security checkpoints.

Amarkhail accused the Afghan government of keeping silent over what he called the “Pakistan invasion” of Afghanistan.

He told AFP he had presented his resignation to the Afghan interior ministry and was waiting for them to accept it and appoint his successor.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Someone
    Jul 2, 2011 - 5:32PM

    How come these so called protestors and police commanders don’t give a damn when NATO bombards their houses and kills civilians? CIA stooges and hypocrites.Recommend

  • Skin Taj
    Jul 2, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Hmmmmmmmmm.. Its a good news here……Indian Raw and Northern alliance could only ….arrange 150 people …………… that’s a good news for Pakistan ..as rest of the 30 milllions Afghani brother realise the sacrifices of Pakistan since 1988.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jul 2, 2011 - 9:17PM

    American have been bombing them for a decade now what about themRecommend

  • Someone v.2
    Jul 2, 2011 - 9:31PM

    To hell with Afghans. They get invaded every decade by some bigger force, and we are the ones that give them mass refuge. Instead of being grateful to us, what do they do? Chant “Death to Pakistan” ? Kick these idiots out. Recommend

  • Sher
    Jul 2, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Why does Pakistan complain about US interference in its sovereign affairs and yet think it is perfectly acceptable for Pakistan to interfere in the Afghan affairs? Afghanistan is a sovereign nation too.Recommend

  • Vingi Ungal
    Jul 3, 2011 - 12:57AM

    Yes, but then half its population is in Pakistan. Recommend

  • First drink, don't think
    Jul 3, 2011 - 10:56AM

    And no one even bothers stating that what Afghans militants did immediately before the Pakistan Army fired rockets, if any, that killed many civilians across the border. Afghan militants killed more than 50 Pakistani paramilitary troops and we said nothing. Yeah obviously we can’t chant “Death to Afghanistan” to an already dead nation. Afghans are loyal to no one even to themselves, they are only loyal of wealth and currency (of whatever) country. Their history is full of warlords giving passages to invaders of subcontinent! They shouldn’t be shouting like this!Recommend

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