Insurgents under fire for plucking out man’s eyes
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Residents and human rights campaigners in western Ghor province have vehemently denounced the militants for flaying a young man’s face and gouging out his eyes.
The 21 years old, Fazal Ahmad, went to his fiancé’s residence in the Qaziha area of Dawlatyar district last week when the Taliban captured and took him to Murghab locality.
Mohammad Musa Kalim, Dawlatyar district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News:“Taliban skinned the victim’s face and gouged out his eyes before pushing him down the mountain and subjecting him to different forms of cruelty.”
A week ago, the Taliban’s intelligence chief, Mullah Burhan, was killed as a result of an ambush by security personnel and public uprising members in the district.
In revenge, the official said, the insurgents beat residents and snatched their arms. The militants alleged the victim’s relatives were involved in the killing of Mullah Burhan.
Ahmad’s dead body was handed over to his family through tribal elders on Thursday.“The young man had no government job. This anti-Islam act of the Taliban shows they are wild people.”
However, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi denied the movement’s involvement in killing the young man.
Mohammad Jawad Alawi, acting head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), slammed the skinning of the man’s face as the dignity of human honour and rights.
“We strongly denounce the act and ask the government to punish the individuals involved in anti-humanity and anti-Islamic act,” he said.
“This brutal act touches every human being. I was about to fall unconscious after seeing the photo of Fazal Ahmad,” remarked a resident of the province, Syed Alam. He saw the victim’s photograph on Facebook.
With his eyes welling up, Alam condemned the incident as an anti-humanity and anti-Islamic act that badly affected people’s minds.
He referred to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad’s instructions to Muslims to refrain disfiguring the dead bodies of disbelievers.
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