Moving Perspectives – Shafaqna Exclusive Interview with Kabul survivor


SHAFAQNA – In order to bring you, our readers, closer to realities and truths, Shafaqna will conduct a series of exclusive podcast interviews with renown political analysts politicians, officials, religious leaders, and academics.

As always our aim is simple – knowledge.

In a world run, and based on falsehood, Truth has become somewhat of a rare commodity – still, we ought to seek what has been dissimulated as to rise truly free.

As Imam Ali said: “Ask in order to understand, and do not ask in order to find fault, for surely the ignorant man who wants to learn resembles a man of knowledge, and surely a man of knowledge who wants to be difficult resembles an ignorant man who wants to find fault.”

Following is the interview SHAFAQNA conducted with a survivor from Kabul attack – for security reasons names have been changed. Since Afghanistan Hazara community was targeted Shafaqna was made aware that threats were issued by Daesh against all Shia Muslims in the region.

As sectarianism is once again hugging the narrative, Shafaqna would like once more to extend its most sincere condolences to all victims of Terror – whether in Afghanistan or elsewhere. As Muslims our duty remains to the Truth, to Justice, to Tolerance and to Enlightenment.

Since darkness is working to sully Islam and reinvent its purpose we will respond in resistance, knowing that true Victory is with God.

United Nations Special Representative to Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto held little back following the attack. He noted: “An attack deliberately targeting a large, concentrated group of civilians amounts to a war crime … It is an attempt to spread terror amongst civilians and stifle the freedoms that Afghans have sacrificed so much to obtain.”

SHAFAQNA – Can you walk us through the protest you took part in? What were your demands and why do you think were you targeted by radicals?

MOHAMMED JAN – Our demonstration was peaceful … our intentions were to raise awareness and prompt government officials to pay attention to our demands. Never could we have imagined that the day would end in bloodshed.

I have witnessed much violence over the years, but never this! This was a massacre … this was intentionally bloody and violent. Radicals purposely singled out the Hazara community to fan sectarian sentiment. We are tired! We have suffered under the Taliban, we have suffered under US interventionism and now Daesh has claimed it is here on our land!

This, we cannot allow! We cannot allow for another tyrant to come and steal our children’s future … we simply cannot.

Our government has failed us, the international community has failed us, we have failed us. We are running out of time and running out of option. The Afghan people need to stand together to oppose this new enemy. We cannot continue to stand divided, it will be our ruin.

We need to go back to the old ways! We need to go back to a time when popular legitimacy had meaning and political clout.

Western powers speak of democracy as if Afghanistan cannot understand the concept, but who said we needed or wanted Western democracy? Why do we have to abide to a system which has brought but misery and insecurity?

Afghanistan needs unity, it needs social cohesion, it needs for the tribes to rally under one banner they all can recognise and respect. We need a figure which sits over all our religious, ethnic, tribal and political differences.

SHAFAQNA – Tell us about those threats which were made against the Hazara community since the attack.

MOHAMMED JAN – This I’m personally worried about. As Afghans we want all of our families to be safe, but what do we do when a minority is being singled out? Can we count on our state officials to protect us and take all precautionary measures?

There is a great lack of trust in between the state and the Hazara community. We have been systematically left out of political, social and economic developments … we have been talked at and never talked to. I fear we are seen as undesirables due to our allegiance to Shia Islam. Daesh has vowed to rain death on all Shia Muslims saying we are all agents of Iran. This is of course ludicrous!

If we share in the same faith our duty is to Afghanistan. Hazaras are proud Afghans! This no one can change.

Afghanistan needs strong leadership!

I pray that we are given wisdom and strength to meet what is to come.

But I will say this to Daesh: “We will not waiver in the face of tyranny. Afghanistan has seen many invaders, and none could stay. Afghanistan has seen many wars, we never lost any. If you come we will be here. If you come we will fight you. We will fight you with our arms, with our faith and with your flag. You will not claim authority over Afghanistan, this we will  not allow.”




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