Published: 31 July 2018
By INU Staff
INU - The People’s Peace Movement of Afghanistan held a three-day sit-in protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul from Wednesday to Friday last week. On Friday, July 27, the protesters handed the ambassador a letter that called upon the Iranian Regime to change its stance on Afghanistan.
Bissmallah Watandoust, a member of the movement, said that Iran had been instigating civil war and supporting militant groups (i.e. the Taliban) who terrorize people in Afghanistan.
In the letter, he wrote: “We called upon the Iranian people to press the Islamic Republic’s authorities to stop stoking the fire of ethnical and religious disputes in Afghanistan and end sending arms to Afghan armed factions.”
The Iranian authorities have, of course, repeatedly denied their involvement in any violence in Afghanistan, but their ambassador to Afghanistan, Reza Bahrami, admitted in May 2017 that Iran was in contact with the Taliban.
He said: “We have already explicitly said we are in touch with the Taliban.”
He denied that Iran was involved in the attacks that the Taliban planned in Farah Province, on the border between Afghanistan and Iran, but one wonders why the leading state sponsor of terrorism was talking with a terrorist group, except to plot terrorist attacks.
It’s important to note that it is not just Afghanistan who can see Iran’s terrorist ties to the Taliban.
In May 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave 12 conditions for a possible new deal between Iran and the US, one of which centred on their support for the Taliban, including the provision of weapons, which harms the Afghan people.
He said: “Iran, too, must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region and cease harbouring senior Al-Qaeda leaders.”
The People’s Peace Movement
The People’s Peace Movement launched on March 24, the day after a Taliban bombing that left at least 17 dead and 55 wounded. The group brought together the mainly young residents of LashkarGah, the capital of Helmand Province, including women, which is unusual for the conservative province.
At an earlier protest rally, one woman said: “Stop making us widows and making us cry over the death of our children.”
Their movement is supported by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
He said: “I welcome the campaign in Helmand and other provinces where women, elders, and youth have gathered to seek peace and raise their voices in unison against war and violence. And I hope this peaceful national movement will be strengthened and supported by the people in large numbers.”
Of course, this is just another example of the Iranian Regime’s malign interference in other countries, something that should be stopped before anyone else gets hurt.