Zabul beheadings trigger protest rallies in Bamyan, Daikundi
NEILI/BAMYAN/FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Protestors in western Ghor, central Bamyan and Daikundi provinces, calling for national unity, have asked the government to take serious action against regional intelligence networks aiding the Taliban and Islamic State (IS).
Despite heavy rainfall, hundreds of people including women marched from the main bazaar of Neili, the capital of Daikundi province,toward the governor’s house and condemned the beheading of seven civilians at the hands of IS terrorists in Zabul province.
Rahima, a civil society activist, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had committed negligence in rescuing the individuals, who were kidnapped from Ghazni province before being decapitated by Daesh fighters in Zabul.
On Wednesday, thousands of people staged a protest in Kabul against the beheading of the seven Hazar community members, including four women and a child, in Arghandab district on November 8.
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.
Late on Wednesday, Representatives of protestors, outraged by the decapitation of seven members of the minority Hazara community, laid down their demands during talks with government, warning of large-scale demonstrations if their calls were ignored.
Negotiations at the Presidential Palace got underway at around 8:30pm Wednesday night, with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, as well as defence and interior ministers in attendance.
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