Afghan women activists demo against talks
PESHAWAR, April 28: A group of Afghan women on Tuesday staged a demonstration against the UN-OIC sponsored talks between Taliban and Northern Alliance here.
The activists of Revolutionary Afghan Women's Association (RAWA) were demanding representation to moderate, and peace-loving Afghans in any talks on future of Afghanistan.
The RAWA activists carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the talks, said the parleys were not for peace, but would only bring more destruction in Afghanistan.
Addressing the rally, the RAWA leaders asked all the neighbouring countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Tajekistan and the US to refrain from meddling in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and leave the Afghan people to settle their problems through Loya Jirga and establishing peace in the war-torn country.
The procession started from Shaheen round about and marched towards Hayat Avenue near defence colony in cantonment area.
A group of Afghan youth presumed to have affiliation with Taliban militia on Jamrod Road tried to stop the women from heading forward and to disrupt it.
However, the women started pelting stones and beating the young Afghans. In the meantime a strong contingent of police also intervened, resorting to baton charge and arresting some of the youth as the remaining were forced to flee away.
The RAWA activists demanded establishment of a democratic set up in the war-torn country and expressed its determination to continue its crusade against "fundamentalism" and "Chauvinism".
The peaceful women processionists chanted slogans against what they termed as "so-called" jehadic forces, involved in the bloodshed.
They blamed these self-styled leaders of quarrelling each others in greed of power and in the process involving themselves in the massive genocide of innocent Afghan people.
The RAWA activists bitterly criticised the Taliban Islamic movement who, they alleged, were discriminating against Afghan women in the name of religion.