LASHKARGAH, Feb 2 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Hundreds of people took to the streets in the southern Helmand province accusing the neighbouring Pakistan of interfering in Afghanistan.
The protestors included tribal elders, members of the provincial council, religious scholars, government officials, representatives of Hindu and Sikh communities and large number of students.
The participants accused Pakistan of involvement in recent bomb explosions and suicide attacks in different parts of the country. They said the neighbouring country did not want Afghans to live in peace.
Addressing the protestors, provincial Governor Engineer Mohammad Daud asked Pakistan to stop sending mercenaries in Afghanistan to carry out disruptive activities.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News tribal elder from the Hazarjuft district Haji Zarif Shah lamented the worsening law and order situation in the district. He said Taliban were infiltrating from Pakistan and harassing people. He added the insurgents had sanctuaries in the Gard-i-Zangal area of Pakistan.
Tara Sing, a minority representative from Lashkargah, said Afghanistan is home to all Afghans. “We have to struggle for ensuring peace and stability here.”
In a joint declaration released at the end of the demonstration, the participants asked Pakistan to stop interference. They prayed for the souls of victims of the Spin Boldak suicide blast.
At least 22 people were killed and dozens wounded when a motorcyclist detonated himself in the middle of a crowd in the border town of Spin Boldak some three weeks back.
Abdul Samad Rohani