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Taliban cut off finger of Helmandi voter as punishment

AT Monitoring Desk-An Afghan voter from southern Helmand province is recovering for his injures on Wednesday after the Taliban insurgents cut his finger off to punish him for voting in last week’s Wolesi Jirga elections.

Hafizullah, a resident of Gereshk district was taken hostage by Taliban insurgents close to Nahre Saraj district, and chopped off his inked-stained index finger as punishment, a health official said, Zamannews reported.

Confirming the incident, Ahmad Zia Hayat, Head of Bost Hospital in Helmand, said Hafizullah was under Taliban captivity for three days after voting in 20 October election.

“Taliban insurgent cut his finger before to release him.

Despite immense threat by the Taliban insurgents, Hafizullah casted his vote on Election Day like millions of other Afghans who totally said no to terror and threat.

Voting for Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections officially began on Saturday morning across the country and was extended for one more day as thousands couldn’t vote amid delays and technical interruptions.

The nation defied Taliban warnings and flocked to the polls in droves in the midst of terror attacks, in what was seen as a gloomy day for the broken nation of Afghanistan.

The voting, however, counter-intuitively fared bad mostly because of long delays in opening polling stations as well as malfunctioning of biometric voting system, a setback that prompted the election commission to extend polls for one more day to enable hundreds of thousands of ‘left behind’ voters to exercise their franchise.

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