2007年 05月 17日
A big demonstration took place around the embassy of Pakistan today. I was in a city this morning, and realized that roads to the embassy of Pakistan were blocked. A road-side policeman told me that demonstrators from Paktia province had started moving to the embassy of Pakistan.
A couple of days ago, there was a clash between the Pakistan army and the Afghan army along the border in Paktia province. The Afghan side accuses Paksitan of encroaching 3 km inside Paktia province without permission. On the contrary, the Pakistan side says that the Afghan army opened fire first. The number of casualties is unknown, but it is reported that 15 - 20 people died in the clash.
I heard that the demonstrators dispersed peacefully, however I am concerned about the worsening relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Also, there are many events going on in Pakistan. Last weekend, Riots took place in Karachi, which is the commercial capital of Pakistan. Today, a suicide bomb exploded in Peshawar, and killed about 25 people. I didn't expect Pakistan to be such an unstable country.
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Dr. Dadfar-Spanta, the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, was sacked by the parliament. He is thought to have been sacked because he couldn't manage to stop deportation of Afghan refugees from Iran. Lately, Afghanistan claims Iran's unfriendly policy towards Afghan refugees. Actually, this is the main reason why it is taking so long time to get my Iran Visa.
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On 14 May, the EU agreed to extend sanctions on Uzbekistan, where troops fired on protesters and at least 500 people died two years ago. In Uzbekistan, there was a relatively unknown, at least in Japan, inhumane incident in a city called Andijan on 13 May 2005. It was like Tiananmen massacre in China in 1989: Uzbek troops fired on anti-governmental protesters, and killed a number of people, most of them were civilians. I heard that Uzbekistan is a difficult place for human rights organizations to work because it is ruled by a notorious dictator, President Islam Karimov.
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There have been many things going on around Afghanistan lately. Of course, I should keep collecting information and take immediate security measures here, but it is an intriguing country.
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