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2 wounded as funeral ceremony for Kalakani attacked

2 wounded as funeral ceremony for Kalakani attacked

Sep 01, 2016 - 16:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people carrying the coffin of Habibulah Kalakani came under attack in Kabul on Thursday. At least two people were injured.

Kalakani, a notorious bandit, served as amir of Afghanistaninfo-icon for a few months in 1929.He led the revolt against King Amanullah’s modernisation plans with the help of various tribes.

A number of political figures, including former Baklh governorAtta Mohammad Noor, ex-intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh and others, held a ceremony for the reburial of Kalakani and 16 of his aides.

A commission tasked with the burial of Kalakani said it had found forensic evidence about the presence of the bodies of then ruler and his associates on Tepa Nader Khan.

The corpses were expected to be buried again on Shahr-i-Ara Mount of Kabul, but armed supporters of Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum prevented the ceremony.

Kanishka Turkistani, spokesman for Junbish-i-Islami Afghanistan party, said Uzbek people did not allow the corpse of Kalakani to be buried on Shar-i-AraMount.

He said the hill had been built by Uzbeks’ forefathers. Dostum’s supporters are currently in the area to prevent the re-burial of the Kalakani.

The ceremony was attended by around 1,000 people in Kabul’s Jami Masjid around noon.

A member of the commission said they planned to bury the neb on Kolola Pushta Hill, but a number of participants opposed the idea and suggested Shahr-i-Ara Hill.

The people carrying the coffins came under attack near Shahr-i-Ara Hill. At least two people were injured. Sporadic gunshots can still be heard in the area.


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