NNI, April 29,1998

RAWA activists hold demo against Islamabad talks

    PESHAWAR (NNI): The activists of Revolutionary Afghan Women Association Tuesday held a protest demonstration against the talks in Islamabad between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance at Jamrud Road.

    The RAWA activists, carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the talks, said the parleys are not for peace, but they would only bring more destruction in Afghanistan.

    The police avoided volatile situation when the supporters of the Taliban reached Jamrud Road and raised slogans against RAWA. Police used lathi charge in time to disperse the Taliban supporters and the RAWA activists.

    Addressing the rally, the RAWA leaders asked Iran and Saudi Arabia to refrain from interfering in the internal matter of Afghanistan. They said only Afghan people are capable of establishing peace in the war-torn country.

    The RAWA leaders bitterly criticized the Afghan leaders, saying their infighting has led others to meddle in Afghan affairs.