The family of Malala Maiwand, a presenter at Enekas TV network in Nangarhar who was killed by unknown armed men last week, on Sunday called for further action from the security and legal authorities who are pursuing the case.
Late last week security forces arrested two suspects in connection with the attack. Malala’s family said that the security agencies have not made the confessions of the suspects public.
Malala's family said they would like to see the evidence to determine if the suspects are the main perpetrators behind the attack.
“I am not sure about what I say, but it is possible that the governor or some other official would have come up with something just to show the people to make them calm,” said Gul Mullah, Malala’s father.
“Two suspects have been arrested for Malala’s murder, but we are not sure about them. Three days after their arrest, they have not published their confessions on social media,” said Hamad, Malala’s brother.
Nangarhar governor Zia-Ul-Haq Amarkhil meanwhile said that the findings from the suspects will soon be shared with the public.
“Initial information shows that apparently Daesh’s name is pinned on this attack, but the Taliban is behind the attack because it has created the means for it,” the governor said.
“The arrest of the murderer of Malala Maiwand was very important for the government of Afghanistan because Malala Maiwand was not only a reporter but a courageous woman who, in the most difficult situations, dared to be the voice of Afghan women. Her murderer was arrested on the same day (Thursday),” said Waheed Omer, a presidential adviser.
Journalists and members of the journalists’ safety committee in Nangarhar said the government should pay attention to journalists’ safety and perpetrators should be tried publicly.
“We expect the perpetrators to be arrested--for real-- and punished,” said Shirshah Hamdard, head of the journalists’ safety committee in Nangarhar.
“Had the government arrested the murderers of Daee and Siawash and publicly put them on trial, we would not face such an incident anymore. The killers of Malala and her driver should be arrested and publicly tried,” said Sedaqat Ghorzang, a journalist.