It’s not time for protests but unity, says Gen. Campbell
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO and US forces top commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday strongly condemned the decapitating of seven civilians and urged the Afghans to support the unity government instead of staging protests.
The victims had been abducted from Jaghori district of southern Ghazni province and executed by Daesh or so-called Islamic State (IS) insurgents between 6 and 8 November in Arghandab district of Zabul. A child and three women were among the slain people.
President Ashraf Ghani has ordered all security organs to take necessary measures to bring the perpetrators to justice. CEO Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai and UNAMA had also denounced the decapitations.
Thousands of people on Wednesday marched through capital Kabul against the beheadings.
Outraged by the beheadings, Kabul residents rallied from Kota Sangi area to the Presidential Palace. The slogan-chanting demonstrators, including civil society members, carried the victims’ bodies.
“Death to Pakistani spies and death to Taliban and Daesh,” the protestors shouted, asking the government to take stern action against the perpetrators. Some of them called for the resignation of the president and his CEO.
As the angry protesters tried to enter the Presidential Palace, security guards fired into the air to disperse the protesters after blocking their way into the Palace.
NATO commander US Gen. John F. Campbell condemned the beheadings at a press conference in Kabul and extended his condolences to the victims’ families.
He said staging protest demonstrations was people’s civil right but called on the Afghans to be united in preservation of the national unity.
“It is not the time for politics and protests. Pashtun, Hazara, Uzbek and Tajik should be united in supporting your unity government,” he said, adding that Daesh insurgents were not only killing Hazara people but they had already killed Pashtuns in Nangarhar a few months ago.
“Daesh and other terrorist groups know no boundaries, they have no religion and understand no law, they only show cruelty and wildness. They don’t take into consideration who is the victim of their killings, they only kill Afghans,” he remarked.
Afghans should support their government and national forces to defeat militants, he said, adding that NATO and US strongly supported the Afghan government and security forces and would continue to do so in future.
“Ours and the unity government’s aim is to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan,” he said.
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