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Militants use children in Paktia battles: AIHRC

Militants use children in Paktia battles: AIHRC

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Aug 09, 2017 - 17:32

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Militants have been using children as fighters in battles with security forces in southeastern Paktia province, a human rights official said on Wednesday.

Saifur Rahman Niazai, Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head for Paktia, said the presence of children and youth in rebels’ ranks was concerning and against national and international laws.

“We are concerned about the safety of common people in the conflict and for this purpose we hold regular meetings with security institutions and ask militant groups to make sure people’s lives and properties are not harmed.”

Religious scholar Mualvi Ahmad Shah termed killing of innocent people as unlawful and said people’s lives, honour and properties people should be protected during the war.

He said bomb blasts in public places like mosques were crime and had no justification.

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