Eighteen days have passed since former TOLOnews presenter Yama Siawash was killed in an explosion in Kabul, but the security agencies still refrain to provide information about the modality of the attack and progress on the investigation.
On Monday, office of the First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that Afghanistan’s intelligence agency—the National Directorate of Security (NDS)—will be sharing some information with media about the blast, however, no government agency including the NDS provided any information about the perpetrators of the blast.
The office of the First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said the details of the investigation about the incident are not made public due to being a “classified operation” but Saleh said in his daily meeting with security officials that there isn’t any progress in this regard so far.
Siawash was newly employed as a media advisor at the Central Bank. He was killed in the attack with two of his colleagues.
Siawash’s colleagues and members of the parliament have said that the Central Bank should provide the CCTV footage and other information to help identity the killers.
But the Central Bank said that it has handed the GPS information and CCTV recordings to security agencies to probe this month’s attack on its employees, but security agencies are not providing details in this respect.
“He was a major source of strength for me. He was giving me strength. He was always encouraging me and used to ask me to make more efforts and struggle,” said Humayoun Azizi, Siawash’s friend.
Main questions about the blast:
Where was the vehicle on which the bomb was placed a day before or hours before the explosion and how the bomb was placed on it?
- Where are the CCTV recordings that were installed in the Central Bank’s car parking?
- What does the GPS information show?
- Why isn’t the information shared with the media? Has the media demanded access to the confidential information of the Central Bank ?
“The government according to its commitments should be responsive to the media and let them to check the cameras,” said Makhdom Ibdalullah Mohammadi, an MP.
The Central Bank chairman Ajmal Ahmadi so far has not responded to the questions by the media, however; the bank in a statement said that CCTV footages and other things have been shared with the intelligence and security agencies.
“The people should be informed about the issue, the initial information such as CCTV footage vehicle tracking device on Yama Siawash car should be provided to the media,” said Shahnza Ghawsi, a member of parliament.
“Any organ which operates against the law, they can be introduced to the legal and judicial institutions, because no authority can act against the law and they must be responsive,” said Khoshak Watandost, MP.
This comes days after Mohammad Daud Siawash, Yama Siawash’s father, in a letter strongly criticized the Central Bank and the Afghan government’s approach to the attack and said they will submit a complaint to the International Criminal Court in The Hague if the Afghan government fails to investigate the incident.