Nationwide condemnation pours in over Kabul rally attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): People including residents, government officials and civil society activists across the country on Sunday strongly condemned Saturday’s twin bombings that killed and wounded hundreds of people in Kabul during a protest demonstration.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up among hundreds of protesting people in Dehamzang area of Kabul, killing 80 and injuring 231, according to the Ministry of Interior.
The devastating attack, claimed by the self-styled Islamic State or Daesh group, drew strong condemnation from various countries and the United Nations.
The protesting people had gathered in Kabul to demand the execution of a multimillion dollar transnational power line known as TUTAP through central Bamyan province rather than Salang pass.
In northern Balkh province, civil society activist, Ahmad Javed, told Pajhwok Afghan News the yesterday’s incident was painful and shocking for the Afghans and could not be justified.
He said such horrific incidents should lead to identification of national interests and unity.
A resident of Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, Mohammad Mukhtar, said it was the government’s failure to protect a rally.
A gathering of civil society activists in Mazar-i-Sharif condemned yesterday’s attack in Kabul.
Members of the Balkh provincial council also attended the event. Provincial council chief Dr. Mohammad Afzal Hadid said the attack was painful and impossible to be compensated.
He also held the government responsible for failing to protect peaceful demonstration.
In southeastern Khost province, civil society activist, Mohammad Zaman Nazari, condemned the attack and asked the government to put in place strong measures to prevent such incidents in future.
“Such attacks are unjustifiable. Our demand from the government is to arrest the perpetrators of the attack and bring them to justice and award them harsher punishment.”
Another Khost resident, Gul Ahmad, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We strongly condemn such attacks because such attacks on civilians are intolerable.”
He saw the attack in Kabul as a conspiracy of the Afghanistan enemies to sow hatred among Afghan tribes. “But we are confident with the grace of Allah the enemies would not succeed in their nefarious designs.”
Resident of eastern Nangarhar province and civil society activist, Moqaddis Ahmadzai, said: “We are deeply saddened by the incident in Kabul. Our hearts go out for the families of the victims.”
She said the government should put place special security arrangement during protest demonstration in other such tragedies could be avoided in future.
Dr. Asadullah Khalez, who heads an organization to strengthen human rights in Nangarhar, said they were very concerned after the Kabul incident. “We are a nation that feels pain of each other. But the fact remains that politicians still use the nation to promote their own interests.”
A resident of northern Faryab province and Junbish Milli Islamic party deputy provincial head, Syed Ahmad Saeed, condemning the Kabul incident, asked the unity government to find the mastermind behind the attack.
Another resident, Maulvi Asadullah Jamali, said yesterday’s attack exposed Daesh that the group was anti-humanity and anti-Islam.
Khuda Yar Waqif, a civil society activist, told Pajhwok Afghan News the attack in Kabul was an attack on humanity.
In southern Helmand province, provincial council’s deputy head Abdul Majeed Akhund said the government should provide protection to protest gatherings.
He said politicians who misused people’s sentiments must be figured out and prevented.
Marzia Hussaini, a resident of western Herat province, believed the attack in Kabul was pre-planned because several key Hazara leaders, including Karim Khalili, were absent on the occasion.
Another resident, Tahira Alizada, said all Afghans had the right to carry out peaceful protests. She said the Islamic State or Daesh had attacked innocent people and it was highly condemnable.
Herat governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi told Pajhwok: “It was an inhumane and un-Islamic attack and against all human values.”
Civil society activist in southern Ghazni province, Naqibullah Khaksar, said though the government was responsible to protect civilians, yet the demonstrators were also responsible because the government had informed them in advance.
Ghazni governor Mohammad Zaman Hamim said the enemies of the country wanted to fuel ethnic tension through such attacks.
A civil society activist in northern Kunduz province, Nisar Jalali, extending his condolences to the bereaved families, said the government had an advance cautioned the protestors.
But leaders of the demonstrators ignored the government’s warning and went ahead with the demonstration, he added.
Marzia Rustami, another civil society activist, said people were peacefully protesting for their right, but the Afghanistan’s enemies attacked them and caused them casualties.
Nimroz province resident and civil society activist, Abdul Hadi Bidar, said by attacking the rally in Kabul the Islamic State had committed an unpardonable crime.
Meanwhile, the governor, provincial council members and civil society activists in southeastern Paktika province addressed a press conference and strongly condemned yesterday’s twin blasts in Kabul.
They said the perpetrators of the attack were enemies of peace, Afghanistan and humanity.
Similarly, the governor of central Maidan Wardak province, local officials and residents expressed their sympathy with the bereaved families and donated 8000CC blood for the wounded.
Governor Eng. Zondi Gul Zamani shared his grief with families of the victims on behalf of the people of Maidan Wardak.
The residents of southern Kandahar province said they were deeply saddened by the attack in Kabul. On Sunday dozens of people visited the Mirwais hospital and donated blood to the Imam Hussain blood bank for the injured.
One of the youth donating blood at the hospital, Izzatullah, said he arrived at the hospital with his several friends to donate blood for the injured protestors.
He said all those living in Afghanistan were brothers and every Afghan was sad over the incident.
A resident of Kabul Shah area of Kandahar City, Mohammad Arif, called the attack in Kabul as the most shocking and asked the government punish those involved.
The national flag flied half-mast in Kandahar on Sunday after the president announced a day of national mourning in response to the barbaric attack.
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