An artist has painted a mural of slain Afghan journalist Yama Siawash in front of Central Bank in downtown Kabul where he worked as a media adviser for months before his death in an explosion near his home that killed him and two of his colleagues last November.
The artist, Parwaz, said that the government’s “inattention” and the Central Bank's silence in investigating the attack on Yama Siawash motivated him to paint the mural.
He said he wants to push the government to send the perpetrators of Siawash’s assassination to justice and to keep the slain journalist's legacy in people’s minds.
“The government is paying no attention to the case. The perpetrators of this incident should be arrested and should be sent to justice,” said Parwaz, an artist from Nangarhar.
The Central Bank first prevented the artist from painting the mural, Parwaz said, but he continued the work until it was completed.
The Central Bank declined to comment on the claim.
“I wanted to keep Yama alive in our minds and honor him by this painting,” Parwaz said.
Siawash’s family said they have taken the case to the International Criminal Court but they have heard nothing back and losing hope.
“The victims in Afghanistan are its people, its activists, journalists and writers,” said Farhad Sharifi, a Kabul resident.
“No one has been arrested so far and if they are arrested they will be released,” said Mohammad Haneef, a Kabul resident.
Security officials last month said they have had progress in their investigation into the case and that they have arrested at least three people.