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AIHRC: Attack on Worship Places Are War Crimes

Apparently, the technique of target killings of military forces and civilians, explosions in worship places and killings of religious figures see changes.

Mohammad Fasih Mutawakel
14 Jun 2020
AIHRC: Attack on Worship Places Are War Crimes

The dead-dealing assault on a maternity hospital in the capital Kabul that left dozens of women and children killed, the suicide bombing during a mourning ceremony in Nangarhar province as well as recent explosions in worship places and target killings of religious leaders have collapsed people’s trust and hope for peace in the country.

Only within the last ten days, as many as four prominent religious scholars who expressed broad support for the government have been killed.

In a recent incident, the Imam of a mosque in Chah Ab District of the northern Takhar province has been killed by unidentified gunmen.

Mawlawi Ainullah, the Imam of a mosque in Khalyan vill of the Takhar’s Chah Ab District was shot dead on Friday night at around 10:00pm, Khalil Aseer, a spokesman for provincial police chief confirmed to The Killid Group.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has condemned the target killings of religious leaders and clerics and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Any kind of attack on worship places is considered war crime, said Zabihullah Farhang, a spokesman for the AIHRC.

The religious scholars, meanwhile, are confident that the war-ravaged Afghanistan has turned a new page of war; whoever expresses support for democracy is shot and killed.

The Afghan government has no plans for the safety of religious leaders and Ulema, and if it continues, they would themselves take a step, said Saber Sediqqi, an expert in the field of religious studies.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs, however, acknowledged that it has placed a new approach to ensure the safety of religious scholars and clerics.

Tareq Arian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), called the IED blast on Shir Shah Suri mosque against Islamic values, adding that an investigation into the attack was begun.

The attack on Shir Shah Suri mosque in the capital Kabul came days after the death of Dr. Mohammad Ayaaz Niazi, the Imam of Wazir Akbar Khan mosque and a university lecturer who also lost his life in a blast inside the mosque.

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani formed a commission led by the Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Abdul Hakim Munib, to thoroughly probe into the blast in Wazir Akbar Khan mosque; however, the result of commission’s investigations is yet to come.

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