Family of slain rebel leader seeks govt’s assistance
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The family of a slain Taliban commander in central Logar province has been struggling with economic hardships since the commander’s death seven years ago, but still the family is committed to educating their children.
Mullah Sadat, who led a 10-member Taliban group, was killed along with all his associates seven years ago during a direct engagement with American forces.
Sadat was a resident of Haroon Khel village on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital. He left behind his wife, five sons and three daughters.
His eldest son, Nisar Ahmad, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that they had been in dire straits since the killing of his father.
“We still face many problems but I, my sisters and brothers all are getting education in order to do service to the country in future.”
He said his father was a local Taliban commander who spearheaded a 10-member group. After the killing of his father, no one extended them support, he said, adding he and his brothers used to study half day and work the remaining half.
In a bid to mitigate their economic problems, Ahmad tried to get a martyrdom car in his father name, but failed.
“Someone informed the government that I am the son of a Talib so the government did not issue me a card,” he said.
To a question, he said his father supported education for both boys and girls and had never created hurdles to reconstruction projects.
Nisar Ahmad said they were still in dire straits and the government should provide them assistance.
He said their father was with the Taliban, but they wanted to get education and serve the country.
His mother, Sakina, told Pajhwok Afghan News that her husband had a carpentry shop in Pul-i-Alam’s Porak bazaar.
She said her husband had enough income from the shop and they lived a comfortable life. “I did not know my husband was a Taliban commander as well beside a carpenter.”
“It was 10th of Ramadan. After breaking the fast, my husband would go to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. On that night at about 10pm, an armed clash erupted. We could hear heavy and light weapons fire, I thought my spouse is stranded inside the mosque, I did not know he was engaged in the battle.”
Her husband did not arrive home until morning when it appeared he had been killed along with 10 others in last night clash, Sakina said.
“God may save everyone from hardships, poverty and problems I went through after my husband’s death.”
Sakina said all her children went to school and she was hopeful one day her children would be able to serve the country.
“I have two cows that give milk which I convert into yogurt for sale in the bazaar by my children. The income from yogurt enables us to have a hand-to-mouth living.”
Sakina said her husband was Talib, but her family was innocent and the government should provide them with needed assistance. She sighed deeply and said: “I pray to God not to make orphan anyone’s children.”
Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the family had never contracted the rebels. He said they aided such families and enrolled their children in religious schools. “We either ourselves help such families or introduce them to a trader to continuously assist them each month.”
The Logar governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, said the government did not assist those killed in fighting with security forces. He said how the government could help people who destroyed their own country on the behest of outsiders.
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