Protest held against cross-border attacks
31 August, 2012
KABUL: A protest rally was held in Kabul Thursday against cross-border rocket attacks in eastern Kunar province.
Dozens of activists of National Solidarity Party and the residents of Kabul took to the streets in the Afghan capital against the alleged rocket attacks on Kunar province from Pakistan territory.
The protesters condemned the cross border attacks and said they could not more tolerate the shelling from across the border.
"Pakistan army has been firing rockets on Kunar, Nuristan and Ningarhar province for more than one year. What is the reason? We want an end to these attacks and the Afghan government should take serious steps in this regard. The foreign forces have also kept mum and make the hollow claims of strengthening Afghanistan," Najeebullah Kabuli, leader of National Solidarity Party, who organized the rally, told Afghan Islamic Press.
"We again call on Afghan government to stop these attacks and urge United Nations to interfere in the matter," he said.
The protesters chanting slogans against Pakistan said they were ready to defend their soil.
"We are ready to sacrifice our blood for the protection of the soil. If the government and UN cannot do anything, we are ready to stop these attacks," a protester told AIP.
"Tens of our people were killed and tens were forced to leave their houses. What is this? Why we are killed. Is it a sin wanting reconstruction of our country?" he questioned. The protest started from 5th road in Taimani area of Kabul and would present their memorandum to Pakistan Embassy.