Mass murder in Kandahar

Yet again do we hear the news about brutal killing of innocent civilians in the “war on terror” that USA has brought to Afghanistan. A war that shouldn’t be in Afghanistan but in fact in Pakistan since Taliban and Al-Qaida are hiding in Pakistan. We can not accept that American forces are full of brutal, incompetent and criminal psychopaths shooting civilians and in return get an excuse from the leaders at Washington. Noticing from the images, the Americans are not in Afghanistan to rebuild and make the future brighter for general Afghans. In fact these people still live in mud houses with no electricity or clean water. If the task is not to rebuild then the American troops has nothing to do in Afghanistan. Let the Afghans determine their own future.  Where are the demonstrations? Why is no one demonstrating for the people of Kandahar? If the same thing had happened in Bamiyan or Panjsher, the streets would be crowded with people. But no one is standing up for these poor Afghans in southern Afghanistan. I just remember the demonstrations when the conflict between Kuchi people and Hazara from last summer. I also recall the demonstration when the criminal warlord Daoud Daoud was killed and all the demonstrations for justice. Why is no one asking for justice now?

Kabul, Afghanistan – As the 16 civilian victims of a US sergeant’s shooting spree in southern Afghanistan are buried, new details of the horrific episode are emerging. Nine of those killed were children. Three were women.

The residents of Panjwai district in the volatile Kandahar province said they showed no resistance during the mass murder – because they have become used to regular night raids by both foreign and Afghan forces.

“We have learned that our houses will be searched at night, and we just cooperate,” one resident told Al Jazeera.

“Earlier in the night, there had been helicopters hovering over the district, and people had prepared for night raids – for their houses to be searched,” Abdul Rahim Ayoubi, a member of parliament from Kandahar, told Al Jazeera.

Panjawi resident Gul Bashra told the Associated Press: “Americans are always threatening us with dogs and helicopters during night raids.”

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, was briefed about the shooting – which happened in the early hours of the morning, with accounts suggesting as early as 2am local time – during his breakfast, said an official in his national security team. The palace did not know of the exact number of casualties, so the president dispatched an investigating team to the district, before leaving to address a gathering to belatedly mark International Women’s Day.

The sergeant entered three homes in two villages, one to the north and another to the south of the military base, Haji Agha Lalai Dastagiri, a member of the president’s investigating team, told Al Jazeera. Dastagiri was originally from Panjwai district, and has led the Kandahar provincial council since the assassination of Ahmad Wali Karzai.

The villages are roughly two to three kilometres apart.

“From his footprints, we could tell he had tried to kick open the gates of many houses, but had failed. He had finally found one gate open,” said Dastagiri.

The sergeant killed eleven members of that household, but information as to the exact sequence of events remains conflicted. Dastagiri said the soldier had gathered his victims in one room and opened fire.

Ayoubi, the politician, said the sergeant had opened fire as the victims were sleeping in their beds.

“The children had one bullet in their heads each, as if it was a well-planned execution,” a senior government official told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity.

The soldier, who reportedly has two children of his own, was laughing as he opened fire, one of the six who survived their wounds told the official when he visited the hospital.

“In the house that he killed eleven people, some of the victims were burned. It is unclear whether he deliberately set them on fire, or the blankets caught fire from the bullets,” Ayoubi said.

‘Dangerous silence’

The soldier then continued his rampage to a village to the south of the small military base, killing five – in some accounts six – people in two separate homes.

“Some people are saying it could not have been the work of one soldier,” said Ayoubi. “The villages are about four kilometres apart. And the bases are protected by cameras, they have security procedures, how does one soldier walk out like that? It is not as if we are talking about the illiterate, untrained Afghan army. This is supposed to to be the best army in the world.”

But Dastagiri, who visited the cites as part of the initial investigation, found no evidence to suggest the involvement of more than one person.

“He [the shooter] had tried to come back to his base – which is a joint base with Afghan army.The Afghan soldiers were surprised to see a lone US soldier walking in that time of the morning, so they had taken his weapon,” Dastagiri said.

“If he had entered the way he had left, no one would have known who killed all those people.”

The NATO-led international coalition was swift in its condemnation, releasing multiple statements, pledging a rapid and thorough investigation.

But the incident, coming after weeks of anger over US soldiers burning copies of the Quran, has made things difficult for two men in particular: President Karzai and General John Allen, the US commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

At least 41 Afghans died in the country-wide protests against the Quran burning. Six foreign soldiers were also shot by their Afghan counterparts, believed to be angered by the Quran burning incident.

Karzai has been outspoken against civilian casualties and has repeatedly demanded an end to night raids.

He remained on the phone to people in Panjwai all day, speaking to elders and victims’ families, said Karzai’s aides.

“You always talk about ending the night raids, but aren’t you ashamed that you haven’t done anything?” one Panjwai elder told the president over the phone, a national security council official told Al Jazeera.

The US embassy in Kabul sent out an alert to its citizens, cautioning that as a result of the shooting “there is a risk of anti-American feelings and protests in coming days”.

But Panjwai remained calm, overwhelmed by its grief.

“Our silence is dangerous,” said Ayoubi, who was meeting with elders all day in Kandahar. “On the one hand, we no longer know who to complain to. The Taliban kill us, the international forces kills, and the government is helpless. There is no door left for us to knock on anymore,” .

“I asked the elders here, why no demonstrations, no outcry? They say they are silent because they want to deliberate their moves, they want to decide. And once they decide, there will be no army, no force that can stop them. Sixteen were martyred, but they will give 80 lives, so another 20 can live in dignity.”

Reporting by Qais Azimy in Kabul, Afghanistan and Mujib Mashal in Doha, Qatar.

Ensamkommande flyktingbarn från Afghanistan

Jag har noterat att fler och fler ensamkommande flyktingbarn från Afghanistan har hittat sin väg till Sverige. Uteslutande alla av dessa barn tillhör den etniska gruppen Hazarer. Man kan fråga sig hur det kommer sig att just Hazara skickar sina barn till Sverige?
Det krävs ingen stor tankekraft att komma fram till det handlar om en organiserad flyktingsmuggling. Hazara är kända för att hålla samman och deras nära band med iranier förstärker mina misstankar om att just Hazara folket kommer i stora vågor till Sverige och norra Europa.

Flera fall i media har uppmärksammats där just dessa flyktingBARN i själva verket är mycket äldre än vad de uppger sig vara. Hazara är av mongoliskt härkomst vilket innebär att de är kortväxta och svåra att bedöma åldern på. Migrationsverket verkar lita blint på åldern dessa ”barn” uppger.

Något annat som migrationsverket verkar lita blint på är att i princip alla dessa ensamkommande Hazara-barn kommer från krigshärjade delar av Afghanistan. Alla uppger att de är antingen från Helmandprovinsen eller från Kandahar där kriget och oroligheterna är som värst. Faktum är att inga av dessa flyktingbarn kan någon Pashto som är språket som talas i både i Kandahar och i Helmand.

Jag har träffat på flera av dessa flyktingbarn/män och när man frågar dem var de kommer ifrån så vill de inte ens säga att de är från Afghanistan. Uteslutande uppger de att de är från Iran. När jag väl presenterar mig själv så ändrar de sin historia och säger att de är från Afghanistan och att de skäms för att kalla sig Afghaner. Naturligtvis kan det vara så att många av dessa flyktingar kan vara födda och uppvuxna i Iran men att skämmas för sina rötter innebär att dessa personer saknar ryggrad och stolthet.

Flera av dessa är aktiva inom Svenska Afghanistan Kommittén där deras mål är att misskreditera övriga folkgrupper i Afghanistan. Vid ett tillfälle hörde jag en av Hazara-medlemmen kläcka ur sig att landet inte heter Afghanistan och att han själv ville kalla landet för Afghanistani (allt för att förneka sitt ursprung). Skammen att kalla sig Afghan är såpass stor att de gör allt för att misskreditera landet och dess övriga befolkning. Samma land som de så falskt uppger när de väl kommer till Sverige för att söka asyl i.

Slutligen har ingen undgått att dessa barn har vid flera tillfällen varit involverade i våldtäckter och andra hedersrelaterade brott. Barn våldtar som sagt inte men som tidigare nämnts så är dessa barn i själva verket vuxna män.

Myndigheterna måste vara mer uppmärksamma på hur man dels identifierar dessa flyktingbarn samt hur man fastställer dessa barns ålder. Statistiken visar tydliga trender och mycket kan läras om man studerar detta.

Nedan ser ni flyktingströmmen från Afghanistan (upp till 17 år) och av alla dessa är över 68 % ensamkommande flyktingbarn. Av dessa barn är ca 89 % tillhörande den etniska gruppen Hazara.

Hur kommer det sig att en såpass stor del av dessa ensamkommande flyktingbarn tillhör just den etniska folkgruppen Hazara? Det är uppenbart att det handlar om människosmuggling i stor skala. Där familjen i hemlandet (Iran, Pakistan och Afghanistan) skuldsätter sig för att säkerställa att barnen tar sig till Sverige och kan på så sätt återbetala skulden med bidragspengar.

Tidningen Riksdag & Departement nr 7/2012 skriver att Riksrevisionen identifierat kostnaden i  Sigtuna kommun för ensamkommande flyktingbarn till  15 816 kronor – per “barn” och dygn. Det handlar om stora summor för barn som i själva verket är vuxna människor och som på falska grunder hittar på rövarhistorier om deras utsatta situation i Kandahar eller Helmand.

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Historical background to the struggle of Pashtuns and Balochs for independence

Dr. Rahmat Rabi Zirakyar’s paper named “The ugly scars of colonialism: Pashtuns and Balochs struggling for 172 years” gives a historical retrospective view to the struggle of Pashtuns and Balochs for self-determination.
The paper gives some insight to the current blaze of politics in the region where Baloch people struggle to gain self-determination from Pakistan. It’s sad to hear news about the government of Afghanistan who is following the orders of Pakistan to limit or even break down the Baloch struggle for independence.

Today a news bulletin claimed that Baloch camps were shut down after Pakistan requesting it from the government of Afghanistan:

Afghanistan has closed down camps run by Baloch nationalist groups where some 5,000 people were being trained, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed.

The minister said that the camps had been shut down by the Afghan President Hamid Karzai on requests by the the Pakistan government.

“Karzai acted after Pakistan requested him to stop the activities of the Baloch nationalist groups and the Afghan President had admitted that some of the troubles in Balochistan province were originating from his country,” Malik contended… /Zeenews

We need to step up for Balochistan struggle and fight for the freedom of  the Baloch people in every way we can. It’s really sad to hear that Afghanistan subdue to Pakistani requests, in fact a country that is nurturing and acting as a host country for terrorists in general that cross the Afghan border to fight in Afghanistan.

Click here to read the paper by Dr. Rahmat Rabi Zirakyar