Family of an Afghan journalist Hafizullah Haqparast who was killed in a crossfire between government forces and the Taliban in Logar province said they want justice from the country’s judiciaries to take the perpetrators accountable.
Logar journalists’ council in a letter to the Afghan government and the Taliban called on both sides to identify those involved in the case and bring them to justice.
Hafizullah Haqparast was working at a farm outside his home in Logar last week when he was killed in a crossfire between government forces and the Taliban as his family described.
“He was hit by a bullet during the fighting,” said Mohammad Afzal, Haqparast’s relative.
Haparast is survived by a two years old daughter.
“Peace must be restored. There is a need for an investigation into the murder,” said Abdul Raziq, a relative of Haqparast.
Haqparast’s family called on the Afghan warring sides to stop violence.
“Whether they are Taliban or government elements, we want justice to be served to the case,” said Matiullah Sarwar, a journalist in Logar.
“Journalists and media workers are civilian targets. We call on both sides to ensure their safety,” said Noorullah, head of Logar Journalists Union.
Attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have been a matter of major concern national and internationally.
Seven civilians were killed in two blasts in Kabul on Saturday afternoon. The blasts targeted two minivans carrying civilians.