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The father of two schoolchildren murdered by Taliban insurgents in central Ghazni province after he refused to quit his job as a policeman said the lack of interest from the government has pained him further.
Other police officers also criticised the lack of response, saying it was an indictment on the government in light of its reaction to the shooting of a Pakistani teen in the same week.
Ghazni police officer Zalmai whose son Zelgai and daughter Henna were shot and killed in front of him just days before 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in Pakistan's Swat valley told TOLOnews the provincial governor's lack of interest in his loss hurt him.
"The governor didn't asked me about it. It hurts my heart. When the governor doesn't asked his own police soldier [of his pain] then how he will ask the public," Zalmai told TOLOnews on Monday.
A Ghazni police officer, who only spoke on condition of anonymity, criticised Zalmai's treatment compared to the Afghan leaders' reaction to a Pakistani schoolgirl being shot for speaking out on her education rights.
"Zalmai is a soldier who lost his children for his country and his people," the policeman said. "How can the Afghanistan government so react and condemn [the attack on] a Pakistani girl and ignore such an event as this?"
Zalmai claims that the Taliban had told him several times to leave his job as a police officer, but he refused. After several warnings, Taliban insurgents killed his two children on October 6 while they were at home playing in their father's car.
"Taliban came by motorbike and with Kalashnikovs. There were four people, and they killed my four-year-old girl and my 18-year-old son who was a Year 11 student in high school," he said.
Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi condemned the Ghazni attack when asked about it by TOLOnews.
"We condemn the attack and the Taliban who did this brutal act against Zalmai's family," Sediqqi said Monday.
Zalmai, meanwhile, said he is more determined to continue in his job as a police officer.
"I am not looking for revenge to kill their innocent children and women," he said. "Instead we pray that God gives us the capability to destroy Afghanistan's enemies inside and outside of the country."
Malala Yousafzai was shot on October 9 outside her school in Pakistan's Swat valley in a direct assassination attempt claimed by Taliban because of her promotion of education rights.
She is believed to be in a stable condition and was flown to the UK on Sunday for further treatment.
Her shooting was denounced by leaders around the world, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai who called Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to personally convey his condemnation and use it as a platform to call for more cooperation in combating terrorism and extremists.