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Afghan Prez's tweet on violence against protesters 'irresponsible', 'gross interference': Qureshi

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

on Thursday rejected as "irresposible" and "gross interference" Ashraf Ghani's tweet over recent incidents of alleged violence against protesters in and provinces.

Ghani had expressed serious concern about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protestors and civil activists in (KP) and provinces, both bordering

took to to reject Ghani's tweet, saying "We reject the tweet by Such irresponsible statements are only gross interference. Afghan leadership needed to focus on long-standing serious grievances of the Afghan people."

Qureshi's tweet came hours after the tweeted that the had "serious concerns about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters and civil activists" in the two provinces.

Ghani also said it was the moral responsibility of every government to support civil activities that take a stand against terrorism and extremism that "plagues and threatens our region and collective security."

The was apparently referring to the alleged killing of a (PTM) over the weekend in Loralai area of

Protests and sit-in followed the PTM leader's death in Balochistan and neighbouring Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The PTM emerged last year to address the grievances of local Pashtun population in areas close to border with Afghanistan.

PTM is a rights-based alliance that calls for the of the former tribal areas and greater freedom of movement. It has been demanding an end to the practices of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances and unlawful detentions.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 20:40 IST