Iran could execute 1,200 Afghans, warns MP
KABUL (PAN): A member of the Meshrano Jirga on Sunday warned Iranian authorities could execute 1,200 Afghan prisoners and asked the Afghan government and the international community to help the death-row inmates.
A public representative from Nimroz, Salehi Meharzad, said representatives of 25 provinces told him on Saturday that 5,800 Afghans were languishing in Iranian jails. The Iranians planned to execute the 1,200 sentenced to life imprisonment, he alleged.
Another senator from Zabul province, Mohammad Daud Hassas, said 20 Afghan prisoners had been put to death in the neighbouring country. Most of the victims were had been sentenced to life in jail, he explained.
“Over the past few days, Iran has shamelessly been executing Afghan prisoners,” he remarked, claiming that political motives were the executions, which were recommended by the intelligence network.
“Iran doesn’t respect the principle of good neighborliness with Afghanistan. We have no artillery or air power to prevent this brazen injustice,” said Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar.
He added the Senate Complaints Commission had been tasked with discussing the issue with the foreign ministry.
But the deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Faramarz Tamana, said that killing of Afghans could not be confirmed officially.
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