Afghan President backs Islamabad protest

Feb 09, 2018
KABUL: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday expressed his support for a protest being staged in Islamabad by the residents of Waziristan in protest against the extra-judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in Karachi. Meshsud, a 23-year-old resident of Waziristan, was gunned down in a staged encounter by former SSP Malir Rao Anwar and his team in Karachi last month. The killing sparked a national outcry, leading to suspension of Rao Anwar from police services. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar also took notice of the incident and asked police to arrest Rao Anwar, who remains at large. “I fully support the historical #PashtunLongMarch in Pakistan. The main purpose of which is to mobilize citizens against fundamentalism and terrorism in the region,” Ghani said in a Twitter statement. “The historical importance of this march traces back to the great proponent of non-violence, Bacha Khan, whose philosophy was based on the non-violent ideology,” he said. The Afghan president said that the current protest was similar to the lawyers’ movement which was instrumental in reinstating judges deposed by the then military ruler Pervez Musharraf. “Just like the Lawyers' Community in Pakistan succeeded in their movement, I hope #PashtunLongMarch would also succeed in uprooting and eradicating terrorism from their region,” he said. Ghani urged media to support the protest in Islamabad. “I call on media to impartially fulfill their duties and help #PashtunLongMarch in voicing their grievances and demands and presenting their true image to the world.” “After the tragedies of Kabul, I had remarked that Afghans and the people of this region should align against terrorism. I consider the #PashtunLongMarch a response to those remarks and a wake-up call against fundamentalism.” The #PashtunLongMarch is a very positive initiation against fundamentalism that morally binds on each and everyone of us to support them.” - SAMAA




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