Hundreds Rally Against Security Pact with US
KABUL – Hundreds of opposition political activists on Sunday warned of kicking up a storm of protests if a security pact allowing the continued US military presence in the country was signed. At a protest sponsored by the United National Front in Kabul, they said signing the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States would amount to a compromise on the supreme national interest.
Included religious scholars, tribal elders, university teachers, students and a large number of youth, the demonstrators chanted slogans against the US. They said inking the BSA would mean Afghanistan to foreigners. Mohammad Zaman Muzamil, one of the participants, warned those involved in compromising the national interest would face horrible consequences from opponents of the BSA.
A Loya Jirga, to be attended by about 3,000 people from all over the country, is due to convene in mid-November to discuss the agreement for four to seven days. Waheed Muzhda, the National United Front spokesman, claimed the agreement would not ensure post-2014 US assistance to Afghanistan. Signing the pact would leave Afghans with hostile neighbours, he believed. (PAN)