Lawmakers want Mullah Saboor prosecuted
Jamiat-i-Islah member Mullah Abdul Saboor had recently called Amanullah Khan as “a non-religious” leader and said he was the first Afghan ruler who shaved beard and did not wear cap.
Mullah Saboor had said Amanullah Khan was opposed to hijab and wanted to become another Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first President of Turkey.
But his remarks drew strong condemnation from social media users who urged the government to take legal action against Mullah Saboor.
The Ministry of Information and Culture and the Meshrano Jirga had also condemned Saboor’s speech and said national characters should not be insulted.
Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday strongly condemned Saboor’s expressions about Amanullah Khan.
MP Obaidullah Barakzai from Uruzgan province said: “Mullah Saboor receives directives from regional intelligence agencies and wants to provoke the Afghans to violence. He cannot talk about corrupt people who are alive, but speaks against those who are dead.”
Without giving details, the lawmaker said in the past too some non-religious figures in Pul-i-Kheshti area of Kabul and Paktia province had deceived the Afghans.
He alleged Mullah Saboor’s children were currently living in Pakistan and the neighouring country had directed him to insult Amanullah Khan.
He demanded the Wolesi Jirga’s administrative board introduce Mullah Saboor and Khurshid private television that invited him for a discussion on the issue to the attorney general office. “If I find Mullah Saboor, I will hang him,” Barakzai said.
Mohammad Nawab Mangal, another member of Wolesi Jirga, also stressed Saboor should be produced before a court of law: “We should know why Saboor insulted Amanullah Khan.”
He said Saboor’s family was living in Pakistan and he wanted to fuel instability in Afghanistan with such speeches suggested to him by Pakistan’s intelligence.
Another MP Shinkai Karokhil questioned why Saboor was silent about terrorists bombing people and killing civilians.
About TV channels hosting individuals, she said: “Media outlets should not give a chance to such people who speak the language of foreign intelligence agencies.”
“The media is responsible to work for stability of the country,” she added, asking the government to ban activities of Jamiat-i-Islah and Hizb-ut-Tahrir. She believed the two organizations were working to destabilize the country.
Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi said no one had the right to insult national personalities. Security and judiciary organs were responsible to fully investigate the issue, he said.
He directed the interior security commission of the house to investigate Saboor’s remarks about Amanullah Khan and share its findings with a general session of the house.
Pajhwok tried to contract Mullah Abdul Saboor, but failed.
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