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Wolesi Jirga to investigate Maidan Wardak shelling

Wolesi Jirga to investigate Maidan Wardak shelling

Dec 05, 2015 - 20:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Saturday strongly denounced a mortar strike blamed on the Afghan army that killed a dozen people, mostly children, in central Maidan Wardak province.

The lower house tasked the commission on internal security to investigate the mortar fire that struck a mosqueinfo-icon in Syedabad district on Friday.

The Maidan Wardak governor had ordered security organs to investigate the incident and President Ghani had appointed a delegation led by the Ministry of Defence to probe the strike and report back to him.

“Nine people were brutally killed. They were neither Daesh fighters nor Talibaninfo-icon, but our army killed them without any reason. The real reason should be found,” a public representative from Maidan Wardak, Sher Wali Wardak, said.

He alleged there were some people in the Afghan National Army (ANA) who wanted to divide the Afghans and widen the gap between the people and the government.

“We are hopeless from the Presidential Palace and security organs, we demand justice from the Wolesi Jirga. We ask the Wolesi Jirga to send a delegation to the area and punish the perpetrators,” he said.

“I don’t know why our civilians are being killed. I request the administrative board of Wolesi Jirga to assign a delegation to investigate the case,” another lawmaker, Hamidzai Lalai, told the session. He said security forces should protect civilians, their properties and honour instead of killing them.

A lawmaker from southern Ghazni province Mohammad Arif Rahmani also condemned the incident and expressed solidarity with families of the victims.

“Killing civilians by the Afghan army is a serious issue which should be investigated and the perpetrators should be punished,” he said, adding if such attacks were not prevented in future, the distance between the government and the people would increase.

Second deputy speaker Nazir Ahmad Ahmadzai, who presided over the session, tasked the house commission on internal security with investigating the mortar strike and sending a delegation to the area.


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