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Jabal Saraj residents accuse candidate of murder

Jabal Saraj residents accuse candidate of murder

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Aug 09, 2018 - 19:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Residents of Jabal Saraj district of central Parwan province on Thursday accused a Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon candidate, Ghulam Haidar Jilani, of killing one person and injuring another and demanded his removal from the initial list of candidates.

But Jailani rejected their allegations as baseless.

The protestors in dozens were chanting slogans against Jilani and claimed the candidate had killed a resident of the district and injured another on the day one Eidul Fitr, about two months ago.

They asked the government to remove Jilani’s name from the initial list of Wolesi Jirga candidates. The protestors were changing slogans: “Death to Jilani,” “We want justice.”

Abdul Mabdi Bayani, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Jilani killed one of their villagers named Azizullah and injured another named Ghulam Habib about two months ago.

“No one heard our voice when we visited any government organ, now we have gathered in front of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) office to hear our voice, we don’t want a murderer to become a lawmaker,” he said.

Hamidullah, another protestor, was of the same view and said that Ghulam Haidar Jilani, brother of the provincial council head, Bahauddin Jilani, killed a local resident, Azizullah, in front of other people.

He said they had shared evidence of the murder with all relevant organs for justice, but no one responded as Jilani maintained strong ties with senior government officials.

The protestors warned they would continue their protest until their demand was met.

Mohammad Nazari, IECC spokesman, told Pajhwok that the complaints hearing process against candidates had ended, but the commission would still act because it was a serious issue.

Meanwhile, Ghulam Haidar Jilani rejected the allegations against him as baseless and said: “Azizullah was killed after Eid prayers when I was somewhere else meeting elders, I was not even present in the mosqueinfo-icon where the murder happened.”

He said the protest was organized in revenge for removal of another candidate Ahmad Sekandari from the initial list of candidates, who he said had support of illegal armed men.

He said all organs concerned had investigated the case and he was still ready to respond to the IECC if the commission had any complaint against him.

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