Several hundred hardline-Islamists have gathered in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, vowing to block the deployment of United Nations monitors along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.
Sunday's rally was called to defy a decision taken last month at the U-N Security Council to send 15 monitors to the borders of Afghanistan. The U-N monitors would be deployed to stop weapons shipments allegedly sent by Pakistan to Afghanistan's ruling Taleban militia. Pakistan's government denies sending weapons and military advisers to Afghanistan.
Pakistan is one of only three countries that recognize the Taleban as Afghanistan's government. The other two are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
The Taleban controls more than 90 percent of Afghanistan. U-N sanctions include an arms embargo against Taleban authorities, but not against the country's northern-based opposition alliance.