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‘Kabul University attack shatters hopes for peace’

‘Kabul University attack shatters hopes for peace’

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Nov 03, 2020 - 18:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of protestors in Kabul on Sunday demanded explanation from the government over the attack on Kabul University, while the Parliament called the attack the peak of enmity against Afghans.

The protesters called for an end to ongoing peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon and resignation of security officials, saying the attack had destroyed people's hopes for peace.

Around 200 students and civil societyinfo-icon activists in Kabul during a rally condemned the attack on Kabul University and called on the government to arrest those involved in the assault.

According to official sources, three armed insurgents attacked Kabul University on Saturday, killing 22 students and lecturers while 27 others were wounded.

Mohammad Wasil Sharafat, a lecturer of Law Educationinfo-icon Center in Kabul University, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the attackers entered the conference hall of the center and opened fire at students after killing a guard.

He said there were five classrooms in the center and around 250 students and lecturers were there when the attack happened.

The assailants killed up to 14 students in a single classroom on the first floor of the center and those who jumped from the second floor were rescued, he said.

A number of students today staged a protest in front of the university’s gate and erected a protest tent.

Rahman Hajizada, one of the protestors, said, “The government should provide information about the entry of armed men to the university, this case should be investigated and the perpetrators should be punished.”

He said that the government should also identify teachers and students who encouraged others to extremism and opposition to the government.

A flag of the Taliban was also found in one of the rooms which was attacked by the assailants and a wall of the room was written with, “Long live Emirate, last movements of martyrdom.”

However, the Taliban condemned the attack and said they were not involved. But a statement associated to Islamic State (IS) or Daesh claimed that the attack was carried out by the insurgent group.

Najibullah Kohdamani, one of the protestors said, “The attack was claimed by Daesh, but Daesh is another name of the Taliban and they want to confuse the public and press the government.”

The Afghan government has declared today, Thursday, a day of National Mourning after the attack.

The protestors said their movement would continue until their demands were accepted.

One of the protestors, Fazl Minallah Mumtaz, said that negotiations with the Taliban should be cancelled and ministers of interior and defense, chiefs of National Directorate of Security and National Security Council should resign.

He said the government should give explanation to the people how the attackers entered the university.

A Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member, Belqis Roshan, who also joined the protest, said that she had no doubt the government was aware of the incident.

“Those involved in this crime are friends of the government, military figures are involved, the (attack) was either ordered from the Presidential Palace or Pkaistan or Doha,” she said.

Daesh and Taliban are two faces of the same coin and both of them are involved in the incident as well as those who seek benefit in such acts, she said.

A number of other members of Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon also in today’s session called the attack a war crime and said that the incident destroyed people’s hopes for peace.

Members of Meshrano Jirga observed a three-minute silence in respect for the victims of the attack.

Anarkali Hunaryar, one of the members of Meshrano Jirga or upper house said that the attack caused people lose hope in ongoing peace talks.

“This attack was an attack on education and was carried out to silence the voice of those who serve their country with pen,” she said.

Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, chairman of the Meshrano Jirga, condemned the attack on Kabul University and said that targeting students showed the peak of enmity and brutality against Afghans.

He said that the attack could not be justified under any means and those involved should be identified and taken to justice.

Mds/ma

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