Afghan Diaspora Slam Pak Raids

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Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai also reacted to airstrikes and termed it a crime against humanity and a violation of Afghanistan’s national sovereignty and international principles.

Afghan communities in Britain and Europe stage protests on Sunday against Pakistani airstrikes on civilian areas at Khost and Kunar. They also accused Iran of ill treating refugees.

The protest in London was organised by All Afghan Protection Council CIC. The attendees gathered at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Knightsbridge, before marching to demonstrate outside the High Commission for Pakistan, where they demanded an end to be put to Pakistan’s interference and killing of Afghan civilians. Similar demonstrations were also carried out in Paris.

The airstrikes by Pakistani aircraft also triggered a demonstration against Pakistan in Khost province on Saturday afternoon and the bombing was widely denounced by Afghans on social media.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai also reacted to airstrikes and termed it a crime against humanity and a violation of Afghanistan’s national sovereignty and international principles.

Hamid Karzai called on Pakistan to bring changes in its policies and seek better relations with Afghanistan for the sake of eliminating of terrorism in the region.

Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and Chief Spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid condemned Pakistan’s recent airstrikes on Khost and Kunar provinces in the strongest terms adding that repetition of such moves will have dire implications, Khaama Press reported.

 Zabiullah Mujahid added that Afghans by defeating the US have proven that they can defend their country hence, Pakistan should not examine the patience of the people of Afghanistan.

 “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 favour of no one,” Said Mujahid.

 Further, Mujahid added that Waziristan’s refugees were targeted in Khost province wherein women and children were killed.

 Pakistan’s aircrafts bombed civilians’ homes in the Spera district of the southeastern Khost province killing at least 60 civilians.

The Foreign Ministry of the IEA also summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan to the ministry and asked for the prevention of such attacks in the future.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reacted to the airstrikes of Pakistani jets on Afghanistan’s Khost and Kunar provinces and expressed deep concern over the killings of civilians, Khaama Press reported.

UNAMA in a Twitter post said they are working to establish facts on the ground and verify the extent of losses.

“UNAMA is deeply concerned about reports of civilian casualties including women and children, as a result of airstrikes in Khost and Kunar provinces last night,” the tweet said.

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