Afghans Hold Protest Against Pakistani Airstrikes That Killed Dozens

A large number of people in eastern Afghanistan took to the streets on Sunday to protest Pakistani airstrikes in Kunar and Khost provinces that killed over dozens civilians.

The rally was held in Ghankhil district in Nangarhar province and the demonstrators chanted anti-Pakistan slogans and asked the Taliban to prevent the repetition of such attacks.

Residents of Khost province also staged a protest on Sunday to give vent to their anger over the Pakistani airstrike, and they also changed anti-Pakistan slogans.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in a statement on Sunday condemned Pakistani airstrikes in the Khost and Kunar provinces and confirmed that over 40 people, including women and children, were killed in the airstrikes.

Afghanistan’s envoy to the UN said that the airstrike was the aggression of Pakistan against the territorial integrity of Afghanistan and it breached the international laws, principles of the UN Charter, UN General Assembly, and Security Council resolutions, according to the statement.

“The cross border shellings by the Pakistani military in the eastern province of Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism has caused a high number of civilian casualties and displacement of local Afghan people for more than a decade,” the statement reads.

Pakistan breaks the resolution 1453 (2002) on the “Kabul Declaration on Good-Neighborly Relations,” statement added.

Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid condemned the attack and said that “Pakistan should not test the patience of the people of Afghanistan or else should be ready to face the aftermath”.

“We are trying our best to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels and negotiations. Such acts will create tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan which will lead to conflicts that are in favor of no one,” Mujahid said. 

Referring to the airstrike, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Asim Iftikhar Ahmad called on the Afghanistan government to take strong actions against those involved in the terrorist activities for the sake of making peace and progress in the “two brotherly countries.”

Ahmad stated that terrorists use Afghan territory to operate against Pakistan without any punishment, something that the Taliban have categorically rejected and assured its immediate neighbors that no terrorist would be allowed to carry attacks against them from Afghanistan soil.

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