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 An Ariana Media Publication 08/30/2016
 ASP supporters seek trial for jihadi leaders

By Khwaja Basir Ahmad

KABUL - Afghanistan Solidarity Party (ASP) supporters on Monday staged a demonstration in Kabul, blaming jihadi leaders for defaming the holy war and demanding their trial.

The demonstration started from Cinema-i-Pamir and ended in Maiwand area, where the protestors waved photos of jihadi leaders, with a red cross on their faces. They chanted "no America, no NATO and death to both."

While torching the jihadi leaders’ photos, they also condemned the episodes April 26 and 27 in 1992, when the communists staged a coup and the mujahideen entered Kabul, triggering a protracted civil war.

Hafizullah Rasih, an ASP supporter, condemned the two-day political turmoil and demanded a trial for the perpetrators. He said: “Some jihadi traders, disrespecting the sacrifice of 1.5 million martyrs, later started destroying the country.”

He added: "The aim of our protest is to condemn the puppets of the US and Russia.” The demonstration was initially planned on April 27, but the Ministry of Interior did not allow it due to security risks.

Another protestor, Shela, said the jihadi leaders did not represent the Afghan people and they were responsible for the country's present situation. "We will continue to pursue our goal of bringing the leaders to trial."

On April 26, the communist coup started as troops marched from their base at the Kabul International Airport toward the city. It took them only 24 hours to seize power in the capital.

Former President Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan and many of his family members were executed in the Presidential Palace the following day.

With the fall of the Soviet Union, Najibullah's regime lost all credibility and began to collapse by April 27, after a Russian agreement to end fuel shipments to Afghanistan.

The ASP, led by Daud Razmak, has been functioning in Kabul since its establishment in 2004 and claims having more than 30,000 members nationwide.

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