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    4 years on, Rohani murder stays mystery

    LASHKARGAH (PAN): Journalists, culturists and the public on Thursday gathered to observe the fourth death anniversary of slain journalist Abdul Samad Rohani, in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, but his killers still at large.

    Rohani, who worked for the BCC and Pajhwok Afghan News, was abducted by unknown gunmen and was killed in captivity four years back.

    His fourth death anniversary was observed at the Lashkargah Culture and Media Centre, where a large number of his colleagues, relatives, friends and residents asked the government to arrest and punish the journalist’s murders.

    Radio Liberty reporter Mohammad Ilyas Dai told Pajhwok it was the government’s and security officials’ responsibility to arrest Rohani’s killers.

    The late journalist’s father, Haji Mullah Dost Mohammad Kashafi, complained that the BCC and other media outlets, where Rohani worked, did not help investigate the assassination.

    He said the government had failed to arrest the killers of his son. “No one came to us after the death of Rohani,” the father lamented.

    Brother Hazrat Mohammad Mohammadi said intelligence agencies had not taken any step to hunt for clues relating to the murder.

    Deputy provincial intelligence chief, Mir Hamza Khidmatgar, who attended the anniversary, promised to arrest and bring the killers to justice.

    He said their efforts to arrest the killers had never stopped and they were following the case with utmost interest because Rohani had died under mysterious circumstances.

    Governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi praised Rohani for his services and contribution to the promotion of journalism in the province, saying Rohani always adhered to ethics.

    He said the provincial administration would use all available resources to nab the killers and would continue to support freedom of speech.

    In Kabul, Pajhwok’s main office observed Rohani’s death anniversary and offered special prayers for his eternal peace.

    Pajhwok director and other staff asked the government to arrest Rohani’s killers as soon as possible and award them an exemplary punishment.