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‘Protest tents creating problems for Kabul residents’

‘Protest tents creating problems for Kabul residents’

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Jun 08, 2017 - 17:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of politicians, religious scholars and civil societyinfo-icon activists on Thursday expressed concern over road blockades by the protest tents in capital Kabul, saying the protestors should talk their demands with the government directly.

The protest was launched two days after 150 people were killed and more than 350 others wounded in a truck suicide bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic quarter of the capital on May 31.

The protestors have been demanding investigation into the security incidents and removal of top security officials over their failure to protect citizens.

Since last Friday, the protestors have erected five tents in different parts of Kabul city. Their demands include investigation into recent Kabul incidents, resignation of government leaders and security chiefs and prosecution of those who fired at protestors.

A senior member of the Hizb-i-Haq wa Adalat (HHA) or Truth and Justice party of Afghanistaninfo-icon, Moeen Marastial, told a press conference here that the protests following recent incidents in Kabul had created serious problems for Kabul residents.

About Friday’s protest that turned violent, he said: “We want the government to find what led to violence in the protest demonstration, in which many people were killed and injured. Those involved in the violence should be taken to task.”

He called protests as the right of people and requested the protesters to share their demands with the government through talks and do not let opportunists to misuse their emotions.

However, Marastial said the protestors’ demand for resignation of the president, the National Security Advisor and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was illegal.

He said the president and the CEO had been elected on people’s votes and the NSA had been appointed by the Presidential Palace. “The NSA has no executive role and his resignation is not in the interest of people and the country.”

Solidarity Party of Afghanistan (Paiwand-i-Milli) party head, Sayed Mansour Naderi, said he was against any type of movements and gatherings that disrupted public order and security and created problems for people.

He said such movements were against the principles of democracy. Divisions in the national unity government would serve no one’s interest, he added.

About the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon (JIA) demand for removal of Atmar, Naderi said: “Such demands are not justifiable in current critical situation. According to our understanding, Atmar is a professional cadre and servant of people, particularly in security affairs of the country.”

“We should all join hands and not let our country and people suffer more and all our internal and externalinfo-icon enemies are waiting for our divisions because divisions in government serve their interest,” he said.

On the other hand, Afghanistan Ulemainfo-icon Association (AUA) in a separate press conference condemned recent attacks in the country and said such attacks were never justifiable in the holy month of Ramadaninfo-icon.

Any action that resulted in killing of innocent people was against Sharia, said Maulviinfo-icon Attaullah Faizani, AUA spokesman.

 “Considering the current sensitive situation, we want political parties, leaders and people to avoid tribal, regional and language discrimination.”

The AUA also released a resolution letter, saying peaceful protest was the right of all people but erection of tents and blocking roads, particularly in Ramadan, was creating huge problems for people. The ulema said the tents should be removed.

A number of civil society activists during a gathering in Shar-i-Naw Park also opposed the protest tents.

Fardin Fedayee, head of Afghan Youths Civil Society Association, said the protest tents on roads had created problems for people.

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