Tribal elders, scholars condemn Sabar Lal's killing
JALALABAD (PAN): Tribal elders and religious leaders on Monday strongly condemned the killing of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Sabar Lal, by foreign troops in eastern Nangarhar province.
Former Jihadi commander Sabar Lal, a resident of eastern Kunar, was released from Guantanamo Bay prison three years ago after spending six years and four months in detention there.
He was twice arrested and released by ISAF forces during the month of Ramdan, buy was killed in his house in Angoor Bagh area of Jalalabad by foreign troops on Saturday after he was arrested along with two others.
More than 200 tribal elders and religious scholars hailing from Nangarhar, Kunar, Noristan and Laghman provinces on Monday held a meeting at the provincial council office in Jalalabad.
Maulvi Muhammad Nabi Azeemi, a religious leader form Kunar, said Sabar Lal was a former commander of the Mahaz Milli. "If he was a criminal, then why he was released twice," he asked, denouncing his death as disrespect to Afghan values, religion and the country's sovereignty.
Foreign forces punished to death the peace-loving people of Nangarhar. "Under such circumstances, how the militants would join the government when ISAF forces are killing people at homes," said Maulvi Tawakal, a religious leader from Jalalabad.
Another tribal elder from Noristan, Fakhar-ud-Din said the law did not allow anyone to kill, arrest or detain a person without the permission from the authorities concerned.
Participants of the meeting condemned the killing of Sabar Lal in a statement after the meeting. They demanded the release of the two persons who had been arrested along with Sabar Lal. The statement called for the formation of a commission to investigate the incident.
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