MPs demand probe into woman’s death in traffic jam
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Wednesday demanded investigation into the death of a pregnant woman who died after the vehicle carrying her to hospital stuck in a traffic jam caused by a dispute between police and a lawmaker’s guards in Kabul.
Two days ago, a private TV channel reported that the pregnant woman from central Logar province died in vehicle after their vehicle trapped in a traffic jam caused by a clash between guards of a public representative from Farah, Samiullah Samim, and police on the road near Istiqlal High School.
Wolesi Jirga member from southeastern Khost province, Kamal Nasir Osuli, asked the house administrative board to put pressure on the government to investigate the incident.
“All the 248 members of parliament including me think we are above the law and the government also can’t prevent them from doing something irresponsible,” he said.
“The pregnant woman died when security guards of a lawmaker were beating a policeman, blocking the road. The issue should be investigated and the responsible ones should be dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.
“The people have voted and elected us to defend their rights and make laws for their wellbeing, not to kill women and children,” Osuli said.
“Samim should respond to the clash between his guards and the police,” another lawmaker from Kabul, Shinkai Karokhel, said.
However, Samim said he never considered himself above the law and would never think so. He said one of his guards who entered a dispute with a policeman on the Foreign Ministry road had been detained and that he would respect any decision the judiciary took in the case.
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