Dr. Abdullah meets Farkhunda’s family; says all perpetrators would be brought to justice

In a show of solidarity with the bereaved family, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah visited the house of Farkhunda on Friday and met her family members.

Dr. Abdullah expressed condolences to the family of 27-year-old Farkhunda and said all the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

Farkhunda was gruesomely lynched by an unruly mob outside the historic Shah Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul two weeks ago for allegedly desecrating a copy of Holy Quran inside a local shrine.

However, on Thursday, the commission appointed by President Ashraf Ghani to investigate the killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda declared her innocent.

The members of commission, addressing a press conference in Kabul, said the slain woman had not burned a copy of Holy Quran and all the allegations leveled against her were false.

There have been many protest demonstrations across Afghanistan against the killing of Farkhunda, who had a diploma in Islamic Studies and was about to take up a teaching job

There have been many protest demonstrations across Afghanistan against the killing of Farkhunda, who had a diploma in Islamic Studies and was about to take up a teaching job.

Dr. Abdullah said the government has taken the matter seriously and all efforts would be taken to ensure such cases do not recur in future.

Farkhunda’s family has criticized police for failing to swing into action on time to save Farkhunda and demanded stringent punishment to cops who were present when the incident happened.

Dr. Abdullah assured thorough investigation into the involvement of police personnel.

Farkhunda’s father asked Dr. Abdullah to provide security to his daughters who have been scarred by the incident and are scared to move out of their home.

Maulwi Mohayudin Baloch, who headed the government-appointed commission that investigated the incident, was also present on the occasion.

He called it a “grotesque crime” against a woman who had memorized Holy Quran and could never have desecrated it.

Mr. Baloch called on the security agencies to arrest all people involved in the inciden who are absconding since the incident took place two weeks ago.

Farkhunda’s family has criticized police for failing to swing into action on time to save Farkhunda and demanded stringent punishment to cops who were present when the incident happened

Last week, chairing a meeting of the council of ministers, Dr. Abdullah condemned the killing of Farkhunda and urged the judicial authorities to ensure speedy and fair trial of accused men.

“It was a heinous crime and I strongly condemn it,” said Dr. Abdullah. “The judiciary must give stringent punishment to the accused men for the grotesque crime they committed”.
 
The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) has so far arrested 48 people involved in the crime, including a Mullah who allegedly provoked mob to “punish her”.

The slogan of ‘Justice for Farkhunda’ has been reverberating outside the country as well. Many demonstrations have been held in New York, London, New Delhi, Toronto and other major cities of the world against the killing of Farkhunda.

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