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Massoud’s backers insulted martyrs’ blood: MPs

Massoud’s backers insulted martyrs’ blood: MPs

Sep 09, 2020 - 17:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Wednesday demanded action against Ahmad Shah Massoud’s supporters who fired into the air and turned Kabul roads into a scene of chaos.

Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic commander of the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (JIA), was assassinated by two bombers posing as journalists 19 years ago. The son of Col. Dost Mohammad Khan, he was born in Panjsher province in 1953.

In 1975, Massoud led the first revolt by Panjsher residents against the government of the time. The suicide attack on Massoud occurred in the Khwaja Bahauddin district in northern Takhar province.

Earlier, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh and some other high profile government figures urged Massoud’s supporters to avoid creating difficulties for Kabul residents on the occasion of their leader’s death anniversary but the unruly supporters did the same acts of last years in capital Kabul.

A number of lawmakers strongly criticized the air firing and creation of fear in Kabul dwellers, who largely stayed indoors, by Ahmad Shah Massoud’s supporters.

Sayed Ahmad Selab, a lawmaker from southern Kandahar province, said: “A number of people took actions that insulted the blood of the martyrs and such actions should be prevented in future.”

He urged punishment for violators, adding: “Only security forces have the authority to use weapons under the law, but yesterday it was seen that weapons were used by some irresponsible people.”

He added the government should stop such acts by Massoud’s supporters and the lower house should pass a resolution that no one has the right to break the law on the day of remembrance of the martyrs.

Khan Mohammad Wardak, another lawmaker from capital Kabul, said: “The actions of a number of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s supporters yesterday disrupted security and public order, and those who did so should be identified and punished.”

Mir Rahman Rahmani, the Wolesi Jirga speaker, also expressed his deep concern over the acts committed by Ahmad Shah Massoud’s backers in Kabul, and said, “Government should prevent misuse of Ahmad Shah name.”

He called on security forces to identify and punish those who caused “harassment and terror” in the city so that others could learn a lesson.

Meanwhile, Kabul police headquarters in a statement said 35 individuals had been arrested in connection with air firings in Kabul.


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