Zabul beheadings trigger angry protest in Ferozkoh
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people, including religious scholars and public representatives, on Friday staged a protest against the decapitation of seven civilians in southern Zabul province.
Members of Ulema Council, representatives of women, civil society and youth marched from the Khatamun Nabiyeen Mosque to the main square Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, to denounce the November 8 incident.
Ulema Council head Maulvi Ismatullah Nadeem, addressing the protestors,slammed the killing of women, children and old people, beheadingsand stoning as inhuman and un-Islamic acts.
He said the beheading of seven innocent people in Zabul, disruptive activities in Kunduz and Badakhshan and stoning of Rokhshana in Ghor were all un-Islamic acts. The perpetrators of such outrages could not be called Muslims, as they defamedIslam and divide the Afghans, he added.
“Afghanistan’s neighbours and some Western countries plan to divide the Afghans,” the religious scholar alleged, calling for rock-solid national unity to thwart such plots.
Provincial Council Chairman Fazal Haq Ihsansaid:“The government, for which we voted, is responsiblefor the security of the people. Thekillers of civilians should be arrested and brought to justice.”
If the government did not listen togrowing calls for justice, the masses would stop supporting it, he warned.
“Theperpetrators(of the Zabul beheadings) are merciless, inhuman and worse than animals,” Governor Sima Joyenda said, supporting demands for stern action against the killers.
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