Afghan commanders rally for amnesty

Kabul police are tightening security as thousands of former fighters gather for a mass rally to support a proposed amnesty for Afghans suspected of war crimes during a quarter-century of fighting, officials said.

Afghan commanders rally for amnesty
International rights groups have condemned the proposed amnesty, which has been passed as a resolution by both houses of parliament.
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, must decide whether it should be made into a law.
It covers the regional commanders of the fighters, who fronted the anti-Soviet resistance in the 1980s and plunged the country into a civil war in the early 1990s that cost tens of thousands of lives.
Security was tight on Friday morning for the planned rally at Kabul's National Stadium, with aid agencies advising their foreign employees to stay off the streets.
No violence
Mustafa Kazimi, a legislator and former commander, promised there would be no violence.
He said: "It's not a gathering to seek revenge but to promote unity. It's a sign of democracy in Afghanistan."


Zulmay Khan Uriakhail, the deputy police chief, said 12,000 police were deployed across the city and were searching all cars entering Kabul.


He said about 3,000 people had arrived from outside the capital to attend.


Several top commanders who have been accused by some Afghans and rights activists of involvement in war crimes were expected to attend the rally.


Karzai has yet to comment publicly on the proposed amnesty. His spokesman has said the president would not sign anything that goes against Afghanistan's constitution.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16