KABUL: Second Afghan Vice President Sarwar Danish while referring to the recent dramatic spree of targeted killings in the country, said Afghanistan’s enemies were, in essence, targeting the national assets and achievements.
Addressing the National Human Rights Defenders Conference on Thursday, he stated: The enemy has targeted the (nation’s) gains to create fear and chaos and disappointment, or to provoke the people against each other, to create distance between the people and the government, to score points in the peace process or to push the talks toward a stalemate.”
According to Danish, Afghanistan’s enemies have targeted and attacked the rule of law, human rights, freedom of speech, journalists, judges, and human rights defenders.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said that the number of targeted killings has increased by 50 percent this year compared to 2019.
Other official speakers in the meeting also expressed concern over what they described as future threats challenging the country’s human rights activists.
This comes as targeted killings in Afghanistan have seen an upsurge recently, with at least five journalists having been killed in less than two months across the country.