“The demonstrators used abusive language against Pakistan,” embassy spokesperson Akhtar Munir was quoted as saying.
General (retd) Esa, deputy to the former Afghan intelligence chief, led the rally to protest against the recent bomb attacks in Kabul and Kandahar, which killed nearly 60 people, including five UAE diplomats.
The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack but denied hand in the Kandahar bombing.
The embassy spokesperson said Saleh’s supporters organised the anti-Pakistan rally because of his “strong links with India”.
“The diplomatic staff could not go to the embassy due to security concerns,” Munir said.
The demonstrators dispersed after staging the hour-long protest at a close proximity of the embassy compound, he added.