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‘If civilian killings continue, we will boycott govt’

‘If civilian killings continue, we will boycott govt’

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Jul 22, 2019 - 18:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of central Maidan Wardak province on Monday held a gathering and warned to boycott the government and close all general highways for traffic if civilian casualties were not prevented.

The gathering was held after a number of civilians were killed and wounded during security forces nighttime raids and attacks in the province recently.

Mansoor Asim, a participant of the gathering who spoke on behalf of others, said security forces nighttime raids, attacks and bombardment in the province were no more tolerable for them.

He said, “Local officials should not name martyred womeninfo-icon and children as Talibaninfo-icon and terrorist commanders.”

He also called on Taliban militants not to use villages and residential compounds as their check-points and bastions during fighting with security forces.

Akhtar Mohammad Tahiri, the provincial council chairman, told the gathering there was a string of security forces’ attacks and nighttime raids on each home and people were tired of such security situation in the province.

He said people in other provinces were celebrating construction of schools and hospitals but people in MaidanWardak were mourning of the victims of war.

He said they had several times shared their compliant about nighttime raids with the National Security Council (NSC) and the Presidential Palace but the brutalities increased.

Relatives of the victims’ families also spoke at the gathering.

Abdul Matin, a resident of Jalrez district who lost his brother in a nighttime raid of National Directorate of security (NDSinfo-icon) 01 unit, said he received calls after few hours of his brother killing to collect his brother body from an NDS hospital in the province.

He said, “The government has always accused the Taliban of holding kangaroo courts. Killing my brother at his home is not a kangaroo court? If my brother was a member of Taliban, he should have been arrested and punished in accordance with the law. Why they killed my innocent brother at home?”

Masihullah, another resident of Jaghtu district, said security forces raided his home almost 10 months back and killed 12 members of his family, including children and women. He said he was in Iran when the incident happened.

A number of other residents held similar views and urged the government to stop nighttime raids and attacks in the province and if their demand was not addressed they will cut off relations with the government soon.

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