Kabul attack fuels outrage among social media activists
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tuesday’s deadly attack in the capital Kabul has sparked a wave of anger among Afghan social media activists, who want the perpetrators brought to justice at the earliest.
At least 64 people were killed and 347 others wounded in the suicide attack on the VIP protection unit in the Pul-i-Mahmood Khan area in the 16th police district of the capital.
The devastating attack triggered a barrage of irate comments on social media networks. Ahmad Zia Attayee, an officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said officials were visiting hospitals to inquire after the injured.
Residences of the dead were flooded by visitors offering condolences but the authorities paid no attention to the ordinary folks who might become victims of similar attacks, Attayee added.
Mirwais Omarkhel, another social media activist, wrote on his Facebook account: “Showing mercy to the Taliban and their supporters amounts to egregious stupidity. The Taliban shouldn’t be kept in prisons; they should be hanged right away.”
Bayes Hayat, a Facebook user, believed the devastating assault in the heart of the nation’s capital had amply proven that making peace with the extremist movement remained a distant dream.
“Taliban don’t know much about Islamic teachings or human values. Anyone who still advocates for reconciliation parleys with them is disrespecting the Afghans’ bloods,” he remarked.
Nasim Pashtoon lampooned government officials’ visits as photo opportunities. “They only take pictures with the injured, feigning sympathies for the victims. We didn’t vote for them to visit us when we are injured.”
Saifullah Maftoon wrote on his Facebook page the sky has been weeping (a reference to incessant rains) over the past few days because it was already aware of the outrageous incident.
Killing all Afghans at one fell swoop with an atom bomb would be less painful than killing them on a daily basis, believed Massouda Saifi. The Afghans were being excruciated beyond their capacity, she claimed.
Farhangpal Asad Danish wondered why hundreds of casualties resulting from the deadliest single attack in Kabul since 2001 had failed to prompt any official to stand down, or at least acknowledge their failure.
“If they are not a kleptocracy, they should have the courage to admit they are incapable of accomplishing what they have promised. They must resign their jobs to pave the way for capable and God-fearing individuals to hold high positions,” he argued.
Rahim Gul, pointing to the attackers, said: “You think you are showing bravery in blowing up yourselves in the crowd of people? God will throw you into hell. Didn’t you see hundreds of civilians walking around you? Terror has blinded you?”
Former presidential spokesman Wahid Omar insisted the only solution to the current problems was to continue fighting against the guerrillas. “Peace talks are impossible with the Taliban who have set demands.”
Kabir Haqmal saw Afghanistan’s enemies behind arson, bomb and other complex attacks. The rebels were being used as instruments by their foreign masters, he alleged, saying there were many hurdles to peace.
Former National Directorate of Security (NDS) director, Rahmatullah Nabil, asked the government to execute Anas Haqqani, a brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, and other terrorists if it was really serious about the people’s protection.
Several other social media activists also called for the execution of militants in revenge for the heart-wrenching bombing.
Farah Governor Asif Nang said: “Such barbarity as Taliban are exhibiting has never happened in the entire Islamic history. The harm the Taliban militants have brought to Islam and the Afghan nation is simply irreparable.”
The Taliban had burnt to death a large number of innocent people in a misguided attempt to find their way to paradise, commented another Facebook user, Inqelabi Yousufzai.
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