AT News Report
KABUL: The son of an army soldier committed suicide in north of the country to protest government officials who failed to transport the body of his father home.
Officials in Kunduz province confirmed on Friday that the young man ended his life inside the provincial police office by shooting himself. The incident sparked huge reactions and criticism.
The young man’s father serving for the national army was killed in Faryab province, but his body was yet to be transported to his home in Badakhshan province after three weeks.
Enamullah Rahmani, police spokesman in Kunduz province said the body of Nematullah could not be flown home due to bad weather condition.
Nematullah’s son, Allahdad, killed himself under heavy mental pressures, police said, adding that he used a relative’s gun to kill himself.
Allahdad’s friends and the civil society activists say that he was also a police officer, but Rahmani rejected that he was serving in security forces.
Hazrat Shah, Allahdad’s cousin said his uncle Nematullah was killed by armed opposition groups in Faryab after three days besiege. He added that Nematullah’s body was in Kunduz province after being flown from Faryab.
Members of Badakhshan Youth Council said in a protest gathering that the government should be responsible to Allahdad’s family.
Najibullah Zamiri, spokesman of the council, who knows Allahdad, called for justice in his case.
Families of dead soldiers and police have frequently complained for the delay in transporting their bodies, accusing security officials of carelessness.
Defense caretaker minister, Assadullah Khaled has warned of “serious behavior” with those who do not transport the bodies of soldiers on time.