Government Must Specify Who Is Behind Killing Of Hazaras: Khalili
Mohammad Karim Khalili, former Vice-President and leader of People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, on Sunday said at a news conference in Kabul that the situation in the country is “very worrying and if we do not act well, we will be accountable to the next generation”.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Referring to the rising violence in the country, said that over the last twenty years, people have been martyred and killed in every corner of Afghanistan due to explosions and suicide attacks. “This is an argument that we do not object to and all the people have accepted it. But one side of the story is that Hazara people are deliberately massacred.”
“Lawyers better know that de-identification is genocide. Hazaras have been targeted over the past 20 years and there is no other justification than accepting that a genocide of the Hazaras is underway,” he said.
“We are protesting and this protest is not against any ethnic group and it must be stopped. I am glad that all over the world, the voices of different ethnic groups are now being heard about these killings. are being massacred as a people,” he added.
He cited that the government has a responsibility according to the constitution that protects the lives, property and honor of the people. “The government should determine who is behind these incidents and killings. Hazaras want nothing more than for the government to do its job. I want the government to take the security of the people after this. The security of all citizens, especially the security of the Hazaras,” he said.
Khalili asked the government and the president to condemn the genocide of the Hazaras. “I call on all ethnic groups to take action against this genocide. I hope all the people of Afghanistan will join this petition,” he said.
This comes even as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for bombing two minivans in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in the Afghan capital that killed seven people. Among the dead were two employees of Afghanistan’s state-run film company, AP said Sunday.
In a statement issued on late Saturday, Afghanistan’s IS affiliate said its operatives blew up two minivans carrying “disbeliever Shiites” using sticky bombs. Sticky bombs slapped onto cars trapped in Kabul’s chaotic traffic are the newest weapons terrorizing Afghans in the increasingly lawless nation.
Meanwhile, 181 Taliban fighters were killed and 102 others were wounded during clashes with the ANSDF across Laghman, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Uruzgan, Nimroz, Badghis, Sar-e Pul and Helmand provinces, over the past 24hrs, according to the Ministry of Defense.
The ANSDF destroyed a huge amount of Taliban ammunition and weapons, detected and neutralized 27 improved explosive devices (IEDs), during the period.