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A daughter’s query: My dad is dead, who’ll bring me cookies?

A daughter’s query: My dad is dead, who’ll bring me cookies?

Mar 01, 2016 - 15:21


KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A recent suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 15 people and wounded 31 others -- most of them civilians -- has left several families in a state of mourning.

Among the dead was a woman’s spouse who was the only breadwinner for the entire family that seesits future uncertain and a whole host of problems in the years ahead.

Some officials of the Afghan National Army (ANA) were also killed in the bombing that took place in front of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) entrance. Talibaninfo-icon moved quickly to claim responsibility for the suicide attack.

Jamila, 43, lost her husband Col. Abdul Hakim Andar in the attack. Clad in black clothes at the condolence ceremony for her husband, she blasted the government’s failure to protect the people.

She told Pajhwok Afghan News: “May Allah break my hand that I voted for President Ashraf Ghani. Death to America, death to Pakistaninfo-icon and all those who are conspiring against Afghanistaninfo-icon.They are making our womeninfo-icon widows.”

While wiping away her tears, Jamila accused the government of staying unconcerned at the loss of ordinary civilian lives and announcing days of mourning over the death of high-ups and leaders.

A mother of five sons and two daughters, she alleged suicide bombers were aided by senior officials at night in Kabul. The terrorists were allowed to reach their targetsin broad daylight, she maintained.

Frequent bombingshave brought miseries and sorrows to multiple families. She recalled an ANA soldier was beheaded by the Taliban. The suicide bombing then claimed many lives of media workers.

And now the recent bombing has killed her life partner along with 14 other innocent people. She said her husband had fought for years against the enemy, but no one bothered acknowledging his services and contribution.

Living in the Wasalabad area of the eight municipality district, the widow with a mental condition added she had undergone several operations.She recently sent two of her sons abroad. She is currently living with her three other sons.

Naseer Ahmad, one of her sons, is a student of 12th class at the Habibia High School in Kabul. He hailed his father was a patriotic person who always desired to die for the glory of the country.

Looking at his father’s photograph with tearful eyes,the boy said Col. Andar had embraced martyrdom. Naseer denounced the attackers as Pakistan’s the puppets, with no hearts. Killing innocent people and civilians has no justification in Islam.

A small daughter of the military officer -- literally looking a picture of anguish -- commented in a choked voice such photographs could be seen in most Afghan households.

The girl reminisces: “We used to wait for our father at the gate every evening. We used to greet him on homecoming. At times, he brought me biscuits and chocolates. Now that he is no more alive, who would bring me sweets?”

The wife of Col. Andar’s brother said he was a decent man and always thought about the country’s security and prosperity. He had spent his youth in the service of Afghanistan, she affirmed.

Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani visited a Kabul hospital and inquired after those injured in Saturday’s suicide bombing. He ordered officials to use all available resources for the speedy recovery of the wounded.


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