Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

MPs Come Hard on Samar over HIA Remarks

MPs Come Hard on Samar  over HIA Remarks

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday lashed out at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief over her recent remarks about the release of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan prisoners.
On Saturday (Aril 29), AIHRC head Seema Samar said they would monitor the process of releasing HIA prisoners. She asked the government not to release those involved in war crimes.
Hamidullah Tokhi, a Wolesi Jirga member from southern Zabul province, told Wednesday’s session some people were against peace and wanted to turn political differences in their interest.
He said other political groups and figures who had murdered hundreds of people were currently sitting in the government and the AIHRC had been silent about them.
Mahmod Sulaiman Khalil, a representative from southeastern Paktia province, said: “The AIHRC behavior with HIA prisoners is one sided. Seema Samar should not create problems for peace in the country.”
Obaidullah Barakzai from Uruzgan province said: “Samar should correct herself first and then criticize the HIA, I have evidence about the involvement of her relatives in killing of hundreds of people, but she would not tell a word about them.”
He said irresponsible statements from the AIHRC leadership showed the commission did not want peace in Afghanistan.
“We do not allow anyone to prevent peace in the country, transitional justice, if enforced, should be applied to all who are involved in killings,” he said.
Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai, second deputy speaker, said peace was the need of Afghans and no one could create problems for it.
“No one should express things which are against national interests and the country’s laws,” he said.
Ahmadzai welcomed the return of Hekmatyar and said: “We should not take action that can damage peace in Afghanistan.” (Pajhwok)