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Protesters want ex-police chief Paikan put on trial

Protesters want ex-police chief Paikan put on trial

May 14, 2017 - 14:58

KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Sunday blocked the road to Kabulinfo-icon airport for several hours in protest against a former public order police commander accused of killing innocent people.

The protesters numbering around 200 said the president had ordered the arrest of former public order police chief Brig. Gen. Zamari Paikan, but the Ministry of Interior (MoI) was yet to put hands on him.

The demonstrators coming from Bachakot district of Kabul province gathered at Lab-i-Jar square and marched towards the Hamid Karzai International Airport in the morning, chanting slogans against Paikan and the MoI and closed the airport’s gate for a few hours. The demonstration lasted till noon.

They warned their protest would continue until action was taken against Paikan. Fareed Nizami, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News his brother’s assassination was ordered Zamari Paikan nine months ago. Though his arrest warrants had been issued, but the MoI had failed to put him behind the bars.

“Paikan was dismissed from his duty after he was found involved in murders of some people in Mir Bachakot but he is still availing government’s privileges and is yet to be tried.”

Nizami said the president had sought a week from them to address their demand, which if not met, they would continue their protest.

Obaid, another protester, said: “About four years back, my four relatives were killed by guards of Paikan and eight others were injured. We forgave them in compliance with elders’ decision. However, some guards and son of Paikan violated the decision and again killed our fifth relative about ninth months back.”

He said Paikan had sent his son to France to escape punishment. Paikan has been dismissed in line with a presidential decree and his son has been accused of killing a youth.



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