Families of slain AIHRC workers call for justice

KABUL (TOLOnews): The two employees of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) who lost their lives in an IED explosion in Kabul were laid to rest on Sunday.

Their families called for justice from the government, blaming security agencies for failing to ensure the safety of the people.

Fatima Khalil, 24, was a donor liaison officer at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and Jawid Folad, 47, had served as a driver at the organization for 17 years, according to their families.

Khalil’s sister, Asiah Khalil, said such attacks should stop.

“She came here to work. They divided her into pieces. We don’t want this situation,” Asiah said.

Her mother, Halima, said her daughter made a great effort to study before her sudden death.

“These individuals who are killing the youth are the enemies of our country. I am a woman who has worked as a human rights defender for 35 years and I am still firm to stand for justice for women,” Halima said.

Folad’s relatives said he was the only breadwinner for the family.

“The poor security management and intelligence cannot prevent such incidents,” said Mohammad Naeem, Jawid Folad’s father.

The incident came almost a week after an explosion in Paghman district, Kabul province, killed four civilians, all of whom were family members of Afghan writer Assadullah Walwali. The incident happened when the family was en route to Kabul on June 19.

According to TOLOnews findings, over 12 IED blasts happened in Kabul from May 18 to June 19, including two explosions that targeted two key mosques in the city.

At least 12 civilians were killed and 40 others were wounded during this period, according to the findings.

The attack was widely condemned by diplomatic missions and rights organizations in Kabul and they called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

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