New York [US]Jan 17 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for an investigation into the killing of former Afghan MP Mursal Nabizada, who was shot dead in Kabul on Sunday.
“I can tell you that the Secretary-General is appalled by the murder of Mursal Nabizada, a former member of the Afghan Parliament. Mursal Nabizada is a former member of the Afghan Parliament, Also a member of her security unit. It happened yesterday in Kabul,” Stephanie Tremblay, the deputy spokeswoman for the U.N. secretary-general, said during the meeting. A routine briefing for reporters in New York on Monday.
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Guterres expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. “The Secretary-General has called for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice,” Tremblay added.
Former Afghan lawmaker Mursal Nabizada and one of her security guards were killed in Kabul on Sunday, Khaama Press reported. Nabizada, a former representative of Laghman province, was killed by unidentified gunmen in Kabul’s 12th district, Kabul security ministry spokesman Khaled Zadran said.
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According to Zadar, unidentified gunmen entered the house of Mursal Nabizada, located in the “Ahmadsha Baba Mena” area of the capital. The gunman shot and killed two people, Khaama Press reported.
Zadran said those responsible had not been identified and the reason behind the killing remained unclear. Nabizada’s brother was also wounded in the attack. However, his family has yet to comment on the matter.
Taliban representatives said further investigations into Nabizada’s killing were ongoing.
Nabizada, 32, is one of the few female MPs remaining in the country after the Taliban take power in August 2021. After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, they implemented policies that severely restricted basic rights — especially those of women and girls, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
They fired all women from leadership positions in the civil service and banned girls from secondary school in most provinces. Radical Islamic groups also prohibit women from working in non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Several human rights groups say Taliban forces have carried out retaliatory killings and enforced disappearances of former government officials and security forces. (Arnie)
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