Protestors demand public hanging for Abasin’s killers
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Protestors in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday demanded capital punishment for individuals detained in connection with the kidnap-slaying of a child, Abasin.
The 12 years old Abasin was kidnapped in the Kart-i-Naw area of capital Kabul about two months ago. A few days after his abduction, the kidnappers cut off one of his fingers. The boy was later killed after being severely tortured.
The kidnappers had sought a huge ransom from Abasin’s family in exchange for his release. The body of the child was found in the Khak-i-Jabbar district of the capital three days ago.
The protestors in Jalalabad asked the president to come hard on kidnappers. They also sought an end to rocket firing by Pakistani paramilitary forces into border Afghan towns and assisting family of a border Afghan guard killed in the cross border shelling in Nangarhar.
The protestors, who marched from the Youth Affairs Department till Pakhtunistan Square, called on the Presidential Palace to meet their demands.
Nangarhar youth affairs official Matiullah Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News that a large number of youth were taking part in the protest rally to demand justice for the family of Abasin and an end to the cross border shelling.
The story of Abasin made headlines after his pictures were posted on social media. Police have detained some suspects in connection with his murder.
“The government should hang to death the killers of Abasin in public in order others could learn a lesson,” Ahmadzai said.
The protestors chanted “death to kidnappers,” “backers of kidnappers be exposed” and “respond to Pakistani attacks.”
Noor Ahmad Noorani, one of the participants, told Pajhwok Afghan News their demands included prevention of rocket attacks from Pakistan.
Last week, Pakistani militia forces first launched direct attacks and then fired dozens of rockets into Lal Pura and Gushta districts, killing one Afghan border guard.
“The family of Ahmad Bilal, the martyred border guard, should not be forgotten because these soldiers are our heroes. We urge the government and the United Nations to help stop the Pakistani assaults.”
Civil society activist Ikramullah Ikram said kidnapping incidents had lately increased and the government should take serious measures to prevent them. “It is believed some high profile figures are behind kidnapping incidents.”
Ikram told Pajhwok Afghan News the killing of Abasin had shocked the nation and his killers should be punished as soon as possible.
The protestors at the end issued a resolution that asked the government to launch a serious campaign against kidnappers and prevent Pakistani attacks.
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