Calls for Justice as Prisoner Release Approved

Family members of a young man who lost his life in a truck bombing in downtown Kabul in May 2017 said they want justice, just as the Loya Jirga, the grand assembly, approved the release of 400 high-value Taliban prisoners. Some perpetrators of the explosion are among these prisoners.

The father of Aziz Nawin said justice should not be violated for the sake of peace in the country and that perpetrators of the Zanbaq Square explosion should be punished.

The explosion that happened near the Germany embassy in Kabul left over 150 people dead and over 600 others wounded.

Aziz Nawin, 24, was the youngest son of the family.

“The 400 prisoners are foreign citizens. All are members of the Haqqani network. We would have agreed on their release if it helped bring a real peace and stability for the people, but it will not happen,” said Juma Khan Haidari, Nawin’s father.

Nawin’s father, who is a former employee of the Defense Ministry, said that he faced paralysis in half of his body (hemiparesis) due to the shock he faced after the death of his son.

Nawin’s mother Rahima Panahi said that she will never forget the killer of her son.

“Who has forgiven a murderer that I pardon my son’s killer. All these prisoners are killers,” said Pahani.

Nawin’s bother Bashir Nawin said he also criticized the decision to release the prisoners.

“By the release of the prisoners they will violate the people’s rights. Those who were sentenced to death should have been hanged and those who were sentenced to imprisonment, they should have remained in prison,” said Bashir Nawin.

The Jirga delegates on Sunday issued a 25-article resolution in which they approved the release of the 400 Taliban prisoners but asked the group to agree to a ceasefire and start the intra-Afghan negotiations.

According to government data, 156 of them have been sentenced to death, 105 of them are accused of murder, 34 of them are accused of kidnaping that led to murder, 51 of them are accused of drug smuggling, 44 of them are on the blacklist of the Afghan government and its allies, 6 of them are accused of other crimes, 4 are unknown.

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