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Students stage protest for release of 31 passengers

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Students of different universities in Kabul staged a protest for release of 31 kidnapped passengers on Tuesday. The protestors accused the government of turning its blind eye to the issue.

A group of unknown gunmen kidnapped 31 passengers of Hazara ethnicity on Kabul-Kandahar highway in Shajoi district of Zabul province around two months ago.

The students gathered outside of the parliament to demand early release of the 31 passengers. They urged the government to not bow down to the kidnappers’ demands in exchange for release of the 31 passengers. The students called on the incumbent government to break its silence.

Muhammad Zakria Gauhari, one of the protestors urged the government, international community and tribal elders to join hands and work for safe release of the passengers.

“We urge the government of national unity to spare no efforts to ensure security of ordinary people and improve the law and order situation across the country,” he added.

Relatives of the kidnapped Hazara passengers said that protests and sit-ins they have launched haven’t yielded in any result yet. They said that no one has assured them so far that when will their blue-eyed ones reunite with their families.

Habibullah, father of one of the kidnapped passengers, talking to Radio Azadi warned to set himself on fire in front of the presidential palace if the government did not take action to secure safe release of his son.

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