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Parliamentarians express concern over civilian casualties

AT-KABUL: Members of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) of Parliament on Saturday expressed deepest concerns over civilians’ casualties, asking the government and foreign forces to protect civilians during operations.

Pointing to last day’s drone strike in Kunar province, a member of parliament Wazhma Safai said that “all people who were killed during the drone strike were civilians in Sawkai district of Kunar.”

She said that they were on the way to a wedding party, when came under target in the district.

Six people were member of a family were killed during attack, she added.

“Although the incident was broadcasted something else in the media as some of the outlets quoted provincial officials as saying that the killed people were Taliban or Daesh affiliates, but the reality is that the killed people were only civilians,” she elaborated.

She stated that she wouldn’t reject the presence of Daesh and Taliban in the district, but yesterday’s target was not Taliban and Daesh militants.

“I am from the same district and ready to cooperate with the government delegation to prove the fact,” the legislator stated.

Another lawmaker, Abdul Jabar Qahraman said that “the UNAMA each year releases reports about civilian casualties which reveal that thousands of innocent Afghans are killed and wounded by terrorist groups”.  “The government and foreign forces, also the Wolesi Jirga must discuss the issue in plenary.”

He said that Taliban and other insurgents groups are terrorists, so there is no place to complain, but why Afghan forces and foreign troops not pay attention to protect civilians.

He urged parliamentarians to follow the issue seriously and seek compensation for the civilian victims.

Member of Parliament Fakoori Beheshti hinted to the Mirza-Olang catastrophe, saying that government and foreign forces must protect civilians across the country.

Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said that parliament will follow the issue of civilian casualties seriously.

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