Afghanistan urges coalition to stop "abusing" university students

KABUL Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:56am EDT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives a speech during an event to mark International Women's Day in Kabul March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives a speech during an event to mark International Women's Day in Kabul March 10, 2013.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government on Sunday accused U.S.-led forces and Afghans working with them of abusing and arresting university students and urged them to stop such acts.

The allegations were made during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "We notify the international coalition force's leadership to avoid such acts which are against Afghanistan's national sovereignty," Afghanistan's Council of Ministers said in a statement.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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