Faryab Bombing Blamed on Pakistan
[Tolo News] Reaction to Friday's suicide kaboom in Faryab province continued Monday with international leaders sending letters of condolence to President Hamid
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... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a
Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
as the head of the religious Ulema Council blamed Pakistain.
Karzai's office on Monday released a statement that it had received official letters of condolence from Turkey, Spain and La Belle France which strongly condemned the attack and conveyed their support at Afghanistan's efforts for peace.
It came after the head of Afghanistan's National Ulema Council, who went with Karzai to Faryab on Sunday to meet the families of the bombing's victims, accused Pakistain of planning such suicide kabooms.
"We spread the Islamic religion to the others and they announce Jihad against us. They themselves have said that Jihad in Afghanistan is the defense of Pakistain," Qeyamudin Kashaf said Sunday, adding that suicide attacks went against the tenants of Islam.
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Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission chief Mohammad Musa Mahmoodi said a complete investigation was needed.
"We want a full investigation of the incident and punishment of the perpetrators so that people know who was behind the attack," he told TOLOnews on Monday.
"The government should exclude any parties trying to misuse the peace efforts of the Afghan government for launching such deadly and horrifying attack," he added.
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(HRW) concurred with Mahmoodi, saying the incident might even be considered a war crime.
"This is a troubling incident obviously, and especially troubling because it comes on a religious holiday," HRW researched in Kabul Heather Barr told TOLOnews.
"The incident absolutely should be investigated to determine whether what happened was a war crime. Even during a war, people have a responsibility on both sides to protect civilians, to not intentionally target civilians. If there is going to be harm to civilians it should be less the military objective which is achieved by this attack than what happens during war," she said.
"So, it's very important that not just the Afghan government but also the international community, the United Nations
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and the Human rights commissions should try to understand what happened and see if there are people to blame that should be punished," Barr added.
Afghan politicians also condemned the attack on Monday with the Second Vice Speaker of Parliament Nehmatullah Ghafari saying they denounced the bombing in the strongest possible terms.
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MP Nader Khan Katawazi reiterated calls for an investigation and suitable punishment.
"We seriously ask the Afghan government to do the same to those who launch such attacks," he said Monday.
Karzai also addressed a gathering on Sunday in his visit to Faryab, saying that whoever carried out the attack was the enemy of Islam and the enemy of the Afghan people's happiness.
Karzai mentioned that among the families he met was a child who lost a number of family members in the attack, pledging to support the surviving members of the family.
The child said to him that six of this family were killed and two children were maimed, with him being the eldest now at home.
"How do I find food or an education?" Karzai said the child asked him.
But some Faryab residents criticised Karzai during his visit, saying that various gunnies had been released from prison and they had returned to carry out attacks, killing the innocent people.
Over forty people were killed and around fifty others injured in Friday's single-bomb suicide attack at the Eid Gah mosque in Faryab's capital Maimana city.
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