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Abdullah vows to punish killers, rules out compromise

Abdullah vows to punish killers, rules out compromise

Nov 12, 2015 - 17:20

KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Thursday promised protecting the people and punishing the perpetrators of the November 8 beheadings in southern Zabul province.

At least seven civilians from the minority Hazara community, kidnapped in the Jaghori district of Ghazni province, were decapitated in Zabul by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Denounced by the international fraternity, including the UN, the cold-blooded slayings have triggered angry protests across in several provinces, including the capital Kabul.

Addressing a news conference here, the CEO said: “We want dignified peace where those fighting against us will need to no longer contact terrorist groups and stop killing the people.”

Its quest for peace would not force the government into compromising its achievements, constitution and rights of citizens, he vowed, calling civilian protection the primary job of the administration.

The government’s stance on combating extremism had been clear, the CEO insisted, pledging more attention to public protection with focus on rule of law in the country.

However, Dr. Abdullah claimed: “There were people (among the protestors) with stones and bricks who tried to harm government buildings. Those people were chasing other goals.”

Raising a Daesh flag during demonstrations would never be tolerated, because doing so did not meant a protest or a civil right. “We'll take action,” he assured the nation, referring to a recent demo in Jalalabad, where demonstrators carried IS and Taliban flags.

He praised the security forces for their hard work to protect the protestors, who denounced extremism. “Yesterday's demonstration also showed unity among all Afghan tribes. It showed how well our people are connected to each other.”

While extending his sympathies to friends and families of those martyred in Zabul, he said top government leaders had held meetings with representatives of the protestors. Their suggestions were answered within the limits of the government’s capacity.

“Unfortunately, few protesters were wounded and I wish them the quickest recovery. We will take measures to avoid similar incidents in future,” he said, calling yesterday's demonstration a voice of the people for justice.”

Some slogans raised during the demonstration did not reflect people’s demands, he claimed, accusing some elements of using the occasion to promote their own interests.