Call to end civilian deaths, assist war victims’ kin
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Abdul Ghaffar, a resident of southeastern Khost province who lost a brother to a car bomb attack, has urged the government to prevent the loss of innocent lives, seeking severe punishment for the perpetrators of attacks.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ghaffar said his brother was killed close to the old airport in Karwan area last year. Thirty-three people, including security personnel, were killed and 12 security forces and 11 civilians injured in the assault.
Four cars, as many rickshaws and a number of motorcycles were also destroyed in the attack. Living in Karwan Sarai area, Ghaffar said his 27 years old brother Gul Mohammad was a member of the intelligence service in Tanai district. In the second year of his service, he was killed.
In the final of Ramadan, they were making preparations to celebrate the Eid, but their joy turned into tragedy.“My brother leaves behind two sons and two daughters. His elder daughter is 10 and son eight,a second grade student.”
Apparently distraught, Ghaffar said: “The small orphans still don’t know their father is dead and ask daily when their father will return. But we have been using evasive tactics.” A printing press worker, he has a reasonable salary,supporting his family and that of his brother.
While asking the government to punish the killers, he urged the warring parties to stop shedding the blood of civilians. The man called for the insurgents to join the peace process and work for the reconstruction of their country.
He said the government had provided his familysome aid, but that could not meet the needs of the orphans.
Provincial councilsecretaryQadim Afghan acknowledged war victims often did not receive assistances in time due to the negligence of government officials. Humanitarian organisations could not reach the areas to help needy families, he said.
“Information about victim families is not shared with the government or donor agencies in time. The government has no access to scene of the incidents,” he added.
A civil society activist, Abdul Jabbar Jabbarkhel asked the authorities to create an effective mechanism to assist the war victims promptly.“It would boost the morale of the peopleif the victims are assisted through a transparent process,” he explained.
Pajhwok tried to approach security officials on the investigation of the car bombing, but they did not answer calls.
Meanwhile, the governor’s spokesman, Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, said the local administration remained committed to helping the victim families.
Governor Hukam Khan Habibi has instructed the Afghanistan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), the Department of Rehabilitation and Rural Development and the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) to assist the victims.
“The governor has also asked the UNHCR and other orgnaisations to assist war victims in addition to helping the displaced people,” the spokesman concluded.
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