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Nov 22, 2016
Kabul attack was aimed at fueling religious strife: MPs
Khwaja Basir Fitri
Nov 22, 2016 - 19:23
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday said yesterday’s attack on a mosque in Kabul was an attempt to create religious divisions among Afghans.
At least 30 people were killed and more than 60 others wounded in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque, Baqir Al-Uloom, in Chahar Qala area of capital Kabul on Monday.
The attack was claimed by Islamic State (IS) or Daesh militants.
A senator from southern Ghazni province, speaking at today’s session of the upper house, condemned the attack and said security officials in Kabul should be held accountable for their negligence in preventing the incident.
He said the enemies of Afghanistan had carried out the attack in order to create religious divisions among different communities of the Afghans. Enemies should know they would never achieve such goals, he added.
Mohammad Alam Ezdyar, another senator, also denounced the attack and said, “It was an organized attack to create disunity among different tribes and religious groups of Afghanistan, this attack clearly violates all war rules.”
He asked the government to take the perpetrators to justice. Ezdyar criticized Kabul security officials and alleged the Kabul police chief always acted as a spokesman rather discharging his responsibility of preventing such attacks.
Another Meshrano Jirga member, Mohammad Asif Seddiqi, was on the same view and asked the Afghans to stand united against the enemies. Enemies’ brutality would continue if the Afghans did not rise against them, he said.
Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar directed the house defense and security commissions to summon the officials concerned to clarify their position.
He asked senators to press security officials to identify the perpetrators of the attack and punish them so that others could learn a lesson.
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