Afghan Deputy Information Minister dismissed for defending Farkhunda’s mob-killing 


APRIL 2, KABUL: To quell the searing public anger sparked by the brutal mob-killing of Farkhunda, a 27-year old woman, two weeks ago, the government dismissed its Deputy Information and Culture Minister, Simeen Hasanzada, on Thursday. Ms. Simeen has been dismissed for publicly endorsing Farkhunda’s killing.

Farkhunda was beaten to death in the capital Kabul and her body was set on fire by an angry mob in Shah-e Do Shamshira, an ancient shrine surrounded by the Justice Ministry, the Interior Ministry and not too far away from the Presidential Palace. Instead of rushing for the protection of Farkhunda’s life, many policemen were found filming the entire episode of torture and death.

Ms. Simeen posted on social networking site Facebook that anybody who desecrates the holy Qura’an or commits apostasy deserves death. Later she apologized for her post. Bending to mounting pressure from human rights organizations and general public, the government ousted her. Sources privy to the Presidential Office told The Oslo Times, that at least 47 people including the custodian and the servants of the shrine have been arrested by police after investigations revealed the accusations leveled against Farkhunda were totally false as no evidences were found that validate that Farkhunda burnt a copy of the Qura’an. Simeen is the second government official fired for posting on Facebook.

Earlier the Ministry of Interior had fired Hashmat Stanikzai, the spokesman for Kabul Police Chief, for his Facebook post that those who killed Farkhunda did a commendable job. Later he also sought apology, but his post led to his sacking.

 The Oslo Times

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