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Senate rules Zanbaq Square be named after Ezidyar

Senate rules Zanbaq Square be named after Ezidyar

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Jun 11, 2017 - 19:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house of parliament on Sunday ruled that Zanbaq Square should be named after “Shaheed Mohammad Salem Ezidyar” and that recent Kabul incidents should be seriously investigated.

Mohammad Alam Ezidyar, 1st deputy chairman of the senate and father of Salem Ezidyar, during Sunday’s session warned if the government didn’t provide a clear response about firing at protestors and the triple bombings in his son’s funeral, then “the situation will be out of control.”

A number of Kabul residents have been protesting against recent terrorist attacks in Kabul since June 2 after a May 31 truck bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood of Kabul killed 150 and injured another 350 people.

On the day one of their protest, violent clashes erupted between some protesters and police who were guarding the Presidential Palace. The clashes left seven protestors dead, including Salem Ezidyar, and 35 others, mostly police, injured.

On June 3, three suicide bombers blew themselves up among participants of funeral for the slain Salem Ezidya, killing seven people and wounding 119 others. The protesters over the past 10 days have erected eight sit-in tents in different areas of Kabul city.

Investigation into recent Kabul attacks, resignation of government leaders and security chiefs, and the trial of those who fired at protesters on June 2 are main demands of the demonstrators.

The Meshrano Jirga with a majority vote on Sunday decided that the Zanbaq Square should be named after “Shaheed Mohammad Salem Ezidyar.”

It was Alam Ezidyar’s first day to attend the session since his son’s demise. Ezidyar besides stressing national unity said: “The government is bound to give a clear answer why protestors were shot at and how suicide bombers reached his son’s funeral service. Otherwise, the situation will get out of control and none of us want such a situation.”

He said the president and security organs’ leadership had assured of taking security measures for the funeral ceremony; however, three successive attacks happened at the service.

He asked the government to meet demands of the protestors and identify and prosecute those who opened fire at demonstrators.

During today’s session, Meshrano Jirga members expressed contradictory views about the sit-in protest tents in Kabul city.

Senator Ali Akhlaqi said: “The protest tents have created problems for six million residents of Kabul, the government should satisfy the protestors and collect the camps at the earliest possible before the enemy exploits and misuses these tents.”

Mohammad Hanif Hanafi, another member, also held similar views. “The tents should be removed as soon as possible. In the holy month of Ramadaninfo-icon, people are facing severe problems. And even two days back, a woman gave birth to a child inside a car en-route to hospital.”

Rahmatullah Asakzai, another member of the house without providing details, alleged some embassies had paid some politicians money to erect protest tents.

He said the issue should be seriously investigated and the government shouldn’t allow people to engage in infighting in the interest of foreigners and some politicians.

However, Senator Afzal Shamil said: “If the poor nation doesn’t pitch protest tents then what should it do? Are the people’s calls for justice can be silenced through bullet?”

He said if the demonstrators’ demands weren’t addressed, the protest tents would increase and the protest would continue.

Mohammad Asif Sidiqi, 2nd deputy chairman who chaired today’s session said: “We are in favour of civic movements and activities on the condition if they are carried out within the framework of law and the civil movements shouldn’t be misused.” He asked politicians to keep in view the national interests of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He called upon the protestors to not be fooled and deceived by some politicians who received money from some embassies because they wanted to serve their own interest.

Sidiqi asked the protestors to remove the protest tents in respect to the holy month of Ramadan and the issues of Kabul residents.

He said legitimate demands of the protestors should be met and those who fired at protestors should be identified and brought to justice.

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