Ghani, lawmakers condemn beheading of civilians
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and some lawmakers on Monday vehemently condemned the beheading of seven civilians by Islamic State loyalists in southern Zabul province.
According to reports, Daesh fighters abducted seven residents, including three women and a child, from Jaghori district of Ghazni province last month and beheaded them on Sunday in Khak-i-Afghan district of Zabul.
The slain individuals also included four men and their bodies have been handed over to Jaghori residents.
President Ghani in a statement from the Presidential Palace condemned the beheading of civilians especially the women and the child in the strongest possible terms, saying the atrocious act symbolised the enemy’s defeat and desperation.
The statement said the president was deeply affected by the tragedy and was quoted as saying: “Brutal killing of innocent people especially of women and children are not justifiable in any religion. They will meet embarrassment in this world and heavy punishment hereafter.”
By beheading civilians, the president added, the enemies had once again proved they were incapable to face Afghan security forces on the battlefield.
Maulvi Abdul Rahman Rahmani, a lawmaker from northern Balkh province, told journalists that Daesh were more extremists than Taliban and they wanted to intimidate people and divide them on ethnic lines.
He said targeting civilians and a specific ethnic group (Hazara) was aimed at dividing people through new tactics. He urged security officials to let no stone unturned in detaining the perpetrators of the crime.
Sher Wali Wardak, a lawmaker from Kabul, said Daesh wanted ethnic divisions and distrust among people of Afghanistan, stressing that those behind the incident should be immediately brought to justice. “Daesh is a major threat to Afghanistan and neighboring countries.”
Dr. Mohammad Asef Seddiqi, the second deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga, said people of Afghanistan should maintain unity at this sensitive situation and should not fall prey to enemies’ conspiracies.
Asef Ashna, deputy CEO spokesman, said terrorism did not understand tribe, language or religion and their animosity was with humanity and defenceless people.
“The crime that terrorists perpetuated in Zabul is appalling. They once again proved their disregard for humanity and Islam,” he continued.
He said security forces had tried to release the hostages, but due to fighting between terrorist factions, one of the defeated groups committed the beheadings.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) also condemned beheading of seven civilians in southern Zabul province, urging the government to punish the perpetrators of this atrocious act.
The beheadings came during clashes between supporters of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour and a dissent commander Mullah Dadullah in Zabul province.
The clashes have so far left at least 110 fighters dead on both sides and dozens more wounded.
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