KABUL: Participants of the 11th martyrdom anniversary of Parliament members on Wednesday demanded the government identify and punish the killers of the lawmakers and prevent serial killings.
Eighty people, including six lawmakers, were killed in multiple bombings and armed attack in northern Baghlan province on November 6, 2007. The dead lawmakers included the Wolesi Jirga’s economic commission head Syed Mustafa Kazami, and 60 students and five teachers who were welcoming the lawmakers to inaugurate a sugar mill.
Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Wolesi Jirga speaker, talking at the commemoration ceremony of the victims, said: “Enemies of the people of Afghanistan target those who work for the country’s development.”
He called suicide bombers and those involved in explosions as the enemies of Afghanistan and asked the government to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of Baghlan incident.
Sayed Ali Kazemi, a lawmaker from Kabul and brother of Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, criticized the previous and current governments and said Baghlan incident was not followed despite the passage of one decade.
“If you want to investigate that incident, families of the victims are ready to cooperate with you,” he said. The assassination of national figures would continue as long as the perpetrators of serial killings remained at large, Kazemi added.
However, Qudratullah Zaki, a lawmaker from Takhar province, and brother of Sibghatullah Zaki, a former Wolesi Jirga member who was also killed in the bombings, said: “We no longer request the government because it has already proved its failure about investigation of Baghlan incident over the last one decade.”
He said economic mafia was involved in the 2007 Baghlan bombings. “Regional countries do not want Afghanistan to stand on its feet, the national economy commission of the time understood that Afghanistan’s economy should develop and they had the mechanism and plan for that, and that was the reason its members were killed,” Zaki concluded. (Pajhwok)