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Parents left distraught & ailing by police officer’s killing

Parents left distraught & ailing by police officer’s killing

Jul 03, 2016 - 15:36

CHARIKARinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A woman from central Parwan province has gone blind after her son -- a Public Order Police official -- was shot dead by insurgents in southern Kandahar province.

A resident of Dulana village on the outskirts of Charikar, the provincial capital, Mina’s son 2nd Lt. Aminullah was killed on May 22, 2015 in Maiwand district.

The 50 years old, who lost her eyesight after son’s death, recalled Aminullah had quit school in 9th grade about five years ago due to economic problems to join the police force after getting six months training.

The distraught mother of the young police officer said her son had performed his duties in Nangarhar, Nuristan and Kandahar provinces. She would always remain concerned about the safety of her son.

Aminullah happened to work in insecure provinces such   as Helmand and Kandahar. But he would phone his mother daily to assure her about his safety. “I would be so glad hearing about the safety and goof healthinfo-icon of my son.”

She paused for a while, fighting back her tears and then continued: “Aminullah’s cell phone was switched off for three days. I was concerned about my son and could not sleep a wink, thinking about him.”

Next day, the body of her dear son was brought home. He was captured and killed by the militants after an attack on a police checkpoint in Maiwand. Mina fell unconscious after seeing her son’s mutilated body.

“Every time he would return home, Aminullah would bring me gifts and kiss my hands. I felt as if he has given me the wealth of the entire worldinfo-icon,” Mina remarked about her fourth and youngest son.

She planned Aminullah’s engagement with a cousin. As a mother, Mina was keen to see this happy moment, but it turned out to be a dream gone awry. The body of her son was consigned to grave -- and so were her dreams.

A doctor has told the woman she has lost her eyesight because of too much weeping and it recovery is impossible. “After the martyrdom of Aminullah, I have suffered a heart problem too.

“I have been taking medicine, but it hasn’t worked,” she said, adding: “I wish I had died before Aminullah. The shock of losing him is more acute than any other tragedy...”

After Aminullah’s death, his family received 60,000 afghanis in assistance from the battalion he was working with. But the government had given her nothing yet, deplored the woman.

In addition to cultivation of their 3,000 square metres of land, her husband (Nasratullah) and three other sons do share-cropping, but it is hard for them to earn a livelihood for the family.

After the death of Aminullah, his three sisters have stopped going to school due to financial problems. Nasratullah, 60, could not forget his son for a moment and his eyesight has also weakened a great deal.

He would smile frequently during the interview while speaking about his son. But his grin was not voluntary, as the man has been suffering from a mental condition.

He asked his son not to go for the risky job -- just before his last trip to Kandahar. But his son did not agree, saying that defending the country was everything to him.

Nasratullah remarked: “If I knew that my son would be killed, I would never let him go. We would love to tolerate poverty, but would not let him go.”

While crying uncontrollably, he said his family was faced with serious economic problems. His son was a member of the Kandahar Public Order Police. But after the death of Aminullah, the officials concerned are yet to visit his family to share its grief.


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