PESHAWAR, April 28: Supporters of
Taliban militia attacked women's protest rally, organized by Revolutionary
Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) at Tehkal Bala, University
Road here on Tuesday. Police thrashed and tear gassed the mob and rounded
up 20 Afghan nationals. Four persons including a woman received minor injuries.
The procession was taken out to observe black day against the occupation
of Kabul by Taliban who entered the capital city of Afghanistan on April
28,1992 and toppled the communist regime of Dr Najeebullah.
According to details, hundreds of
RAWA workers aboard vehicles reached at University Town from Gulbahar and
started march. The participants, holding effigies of Uzbek militia war-lord
General Rashid Dostum, former president Professor Rabbani, Gulbuddin Hikmatyar,
Khalili and Mullah Rabbani and chanted slogans against the Taliban militia,
leaders of warring factions and foreign interference in the war-town country.
They also held placards and banners inscribed with, "Murdabad fundamentalism"
and "long live democracy".
A heavy contingent of police and
Frontier Constabulary (FC) cardoned off the road which resulted in big
traffic jam. When the procession reached Takhal Bala at 11 am the women
raised slogans against Taliban and a group armed with batons and pistols
attacked the rally, which created panic. The youngsters also pelted the
procession with stones and bricks. However, the police and FC Jawans resorted
to baton-charge and tear-gas to disperse the attackers. Four persons including
a woman sustained injuries and the police arrested 20 Afghans. The rally
was culminated at Gora Qabristan.
Latter, Dini Madrassa students took
out a procession from Derwaish Masque of Cantt areas against the arrest
of Taliban supporters and demanded of the government to release them, immediately.
However, police said that the arrested persons were released which were
kept at Town Police Station and handed over to Maulvi Abdul Qadir.
Earlier, in a statement RAWA strongly
condemned attack on the procession and termed it an ample proof of brutality.
Our staffer adds: The RAWA passed
a resolution which was distributed among the demonstrators said, "Criminal
fundamentalists, whether Rabbani, Khalili, Akbari, Gulbuddin, Masoud, Sayyaf,
Mullah Omar, Mullah Rabbani, or non-fundamentalist warlords such as Dostum,
are all identical in their odious entities and none can in any way be deemed
any better than the other. They are all equally responsible for the on-going
tragedy in Afghanistan. The seeming victory of one over the other can never
be final. They termed United States of America as the master player in
this great game of Chess.
The resolution said, "only
decisive and uncompromising struggle against fundamentalism is the key
to the solution of the Afghan conundrum and the cessation of foreign interference
in our country". They urged the international and national communities
to come forward and help them resolve the issue not to serve their interests
but for the welfare of Afghan people who are forced to live in other countries
and who are facing the worst conditions at their own homeland