‘Governor’s husband beats female PC members’
But Khalil Pilot, the husband of Daikundi Governor Masooma Muradi, sternly rejected he was involved in the beating, saying Muradi’s bodyguards beat them because they wanted to attack her.
During Saturday’s session of the Wolesi Jirga, a lawmaker from Daikundi, Rehana Azad, said female members of the provincial council, Shima Rustamyan and Somia Mohammadi and a civil society activist, Sakhi Sadat, were beaten up by Muradi’s husband on Friday without any reason.
As Sakhi Sadat criticised the unity government and the Daikundi governor, Khalil Pilot beat him and when the two PC members tried to prevent his beating, Pilot also thrashed both, she added.
Another legislator from the province, Nasrullah Sadiqi, also confirmed the incident. “There are two persons ruling in Daikundi, Governor Muradi and her husband. The war is ongoing on the outskirts of the provincial capital, if the differences remain, the enemies would benefit,” he said.
He asked the government to strictly investigate the incident because the governor was only for show off while all activities were controlled by her spouse.
The second deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga, who chaired the session, assigned the house internal security commission with investigating the incident and reporting back to the lower house.
“As we interfered to rescue the activist, the governor’s husband and her guards beat us, breaking two fingers of Rustamyan and hit me with punch and slapped me,” Sumaya Mohammadi, one of the PC members, said.
“The governor should rule the province, otherwise two governors (Masooma and her husband) are not acceptable to us,” she said.
But Khalil Pilot said Sadat was speaking against the governor and the second deputy of chief executive officer (CEO) during his speech, so the governor prevented him from speaking. When the two PC members tried to attack the governor, her guards beat them, he added.
“Due to political differences, some people want to conspire against the governor,” he said, adding he was outside of the venue where the gathering took. “There is no proof that shows I was involved.”
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