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Nationwide support: People condemn anti-Karzai slogans

AT-KABUL: In separate gatherings across the country, huge number of the former President Hamid Karzai’s supporters has condemned ‘certain circles’ for chanting slogans against the ex-president during a ceremony to mark the 5th death anniversary of the former High Peace Council chief, Burhanuddin Rabbani.

They demanded an apology from those who shouted against Karzai.

In a gathering here in Kabul, the representatives of the Loya Kandahar council members condemned the act, saying the slogans against Karzai was a “pre-planned act”. They called for unity among different ethnic groups.

They termed insult to Ghazi Amanullah Khan and the former President Hamid Karzai as an insult to the independence and national unity of Afghanistan.

They termed Karzai as a national leader and asked the organizer of the ceremony for apology.

Meanwhile, Karzai’s supports have showed reaction in nationwide protests and condemned slogans against the former president in strongest and possible terms.

At the same time, his supporters in Kandahar temporarily closed the Kabul-Kandahar highway as a protest to support Karzai. The protestors said that they would keep the highway close until the ‘wrongdoers’ apologize to Karzai.

Ahmadullah Popal, one of the protestors, told Radio Azadi that the highway would remain close until the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Abdullah Abdullah apologize to Karzai.

Moreover, a number of Wolesi Jirga members and tribal elders in Kabul in a gathering slammed what happened during the ceremony held in the Loya Jirga tent.

One of Wolesi Jirga members, Nader Khan Katawazi, said that Karzai don’t belongs to a one particular party, language or tribe. “He is a national leader,” he said referring to the former president Karzai.

Chief of the Rights and Justice Party, Moin Marastyal, termed insult to Karzai as an insult to the whole nation.

At the same time, a large number of people in Badakhshan and Herat provinces come out to condemn the statements that were shouted against Karzai. They put their weight behind Karzai, and said that the ex-president is a national leader and represents the whole nation.

Since the slogans against Karzai were shouted, the Afghan masses across the country strongly showed reaction by condemning the “act of insult” to the national leader.

Key officials and tribal elders in Kandahar, Zabul, Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Kunar, Badakhshan and some other provinces have showed support to Karzai and demanded arrest of those who tried to damage the national unity. They said that the anti-Karzai slogan was an “evil plot of foreigners” to create differences among Afghans.

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