Civil society seeks action over Paktika attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society representatives on Friday called for a thorough investigation into a recent deadly bombing that killed scores of people in the Yahyakhel district of southeastern Paktika province.
In what is billed as the deadliest single attack in Afghanistan since 2011, the bomber detonated his explosives as hundreds of young men watched a volleyball tournament in the volatile province five days ago.
The horrific suicide attack left more than 60 people dead in the dying moments of the game. Local policemen and officials were among the victims of the bombing, blamed on the Haqqani network. The network was declared a terrorist organisation by the US in 2012.
During a gathering in Kabul, civil society activists condemned Pakistan’s role in such attacks and expressed their solidarity with the Paktika people. They urged the government to unmask the perpetrators and bring them to justice as soon as possible.
Attaullah Himmat, one of the speakers, told Pajhwok Afghan News the key objective behind the meeting was to denounce the terrorist act and remind the government of its responsibility to arrest insecurity across the country.
“We want the authorities to rein in Pakistani, Iranian and American intelligence operatives who have been active in Afghanistan so as to curb insecurity,” he said, demanding action against the Afghans playing into outsiders’ hands.
Wolesi Jirga member Nadir Khan Katawazi said the ongoing wave of terror in Afghanistan was no coincidence. Without naming anyone, he blamed some members of the Karzai administration for fuelling the violence.
“Such corrupt people, fearing accountability, are out to undermine the new government. Simultaneously, they want to be offered jobs in the current set-up,” the parliamentarian alleged.
Most of suicide attackers were transported by lawmakers and ministers to the target areas, he claimed. “Such elements, who view their petty personal interest as supreme, are also aided by Pakistan.”
At the end of the meeting, some participants chanted: “Our homeland will remain unstable as long as Pakistan survives.” They also stressed the need for national unity and asked the Muslim world to pressure Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists.
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