A group of people gathered in Kabul on Friday to mark the first death anniversary of Shukria Tabasum, a nine-year-old girl, who was beheaded along with six other bus passengers in Zabul province by insurgents last year.
The Enlightening Movement members sharply criticized government for not bringing the perpetrators to justice and said they will start their civil protests from 30 November.
“We will raise our voice for justice from 30 of November through civil protests and no one can prevent us. The Tabasum and Enlightening Movements have legitimate demands and government must respond to them,” said Ahmad Behzad, a member of the Enlightening Movement.
“After beheading Tabasum and six other passengers, President (Ashraf Ghani) said he will launch a clearing operation in the area, but nothing has happened,” said Mustafa Azimi, a relative of the passengers beheaded in Zabul.
Those who attended the anniversary said government’s action against insurgents is not sufficient and insisted that people are tired of internal political disagreements between government leaders.
“Our educated sons and daughters were killed in Dehmazang square and no one probed that. Nine-year-old Tabasum was beheaded and it was not investigated. We do not want the innocent people to lose their lives anymore through conspiracy,” said Ghulam Hussain Nasiri, a member of parliament.
Ahmad Wali Massoud, head of Massoud Foundation, said two years of national unity government (NUG) has left a power division and that the NUG itself is a problem.
“Many problems exist in the country and one of them is the NUG. Its name is unity, but it is about two years they are dealing with a power division,” Massoud said.
Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum also remarked on the anniversary of the incident. His statement was read by Bashir Ahmad Tayanj, spokesman for the National Islamic Movement Party.
Dostum said: “I always have said in the meeting of National Security Council (NSC) to rename the Kote Sangi as the Tabasum Square.”
Last year thousands of people carried the bodies of Tabasum and the six other beheaded passengers to the presidential palace protesting over what they said was government’s failure to maintain security on roads.
The Enlightening Movement has carried out large protests against NUG until July 23 when one of their rallies was targeted. A bomb blast killed 82 people and more than 200 were wounded.