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Families Of Civil War Victims Call For Justice

A number of families of victims of the civil war, between Mujahideen groups in Kabul, accused post-Taliban governments of not bringing war criminals to justice and of ignoring law suits.  

These families said justice should not be undermined in the event of armed groups joining the peace process.

Lawyers meanwhile said government should bring war criminals to justice.

More than two decades have passed since the civil war, but remnants of the war can still be seen in Kabul city.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hizb-e-Islami, was a key figure in the civil war, and according to Kabul residents he committed countless war crimes.

Because of these war crimes during the civil war, a number of Kabul residents are unhappy about Hekmatyar’s return.

“We do not know what kind of country Afghanistan is? Anyone can do anything they want. These days will also pass,” said Abdulwahid, a Kabul resident.

“He (Hekmatyar) wants to show himself as a good man and wants to make himself a politician. He wants to clear his background by what he says and does these days,” said Halim, a student.

Nazir Ahmad, another resident of Kabul city is now a pharmacist. He lost one of his legs during the civil war - when only six years old.

“I was six years old when I lost my leg in a rocket attack by Hekmatyar and other parties. We do not have good memories of these people and of what they have done. They should respond to the people,” he said.

Mah Gul, another Kabul resident lost her husband and her 13-year-old daughter in a rocket attack on her house during the war.

“They (warring parties) do not fear Allah. They do not know of the poor people’s hearts. They do not know of the heart of a four-year-old orphan. Millions of people suffered like us. We cannot do anything, but wait and ask Allah for help,” she said.

Lawyers also said government should investigate war crime cases and should bring justice to the guilty parties.

“Unfortunately transitional justice was not implemented fully and that is why today every criminal and war party, especially those involved in Afghanistan’s war crimes, joined government and the crimes they did were not investigated,” said Abdul Wahid Farzaie, a lawyer.

For years the Mujahideen have been criticized for the civil war and for looting public property in Kabul. 

Families Of Civil War Victims Call For Justice

Kabul residents have accused post-Taliban governments of ignoring law suits and not bringing war criminals to justice

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A number of families of victims of the civil war, between Mujahideen groups in Kabul, accused post-Taliban governments of not bringing war criminals to justice and of ignoring law suits.  

These families said justice should not be undermined in the event of armed groups joining the peace process.

Lawyers meanwhile said government should bring war criminals to justice.

More than two decades have passed since the civil war, but remnants of the war can still be seen in Kabul city.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hizb-e-Islami, was a key figure in the civil war, and according to Kabul residents he committed countless war crimes.

Because of these war crimes during the civil war, a number of Kabul residents are unhappy about Hekmatyar’s return.

“We do not know what kind of country Afghanistan is? Anyone can do anything they want. These days will also pass,” said Abdulwahid, a Kabul resident.

“He (Hekmatyar) wants to show himself as a good man and wants to make himself a politician. He wants to clear his background by what he says and does these days,” said Halim, a student.

Nazir Ahmad, another resident of Kabul city is now a pharmacist. He lost one of his legs during the civil war - when only six years old.

“I was six years old when I lost my leg in a rocket attack by Hekmatyar and other parties. We do not have good memories of these people and of what they have done. They should respond to the people,” he said.

Mah Gul, another Kabul resident lost her husband and her 13-year-old daughter in a rocket attack on her house during the war.

“They (warring parties) do not fear Allah. They do not know of the poor people’s hearts. They do not know of the heart of a four-year-old orphan. Millions of people suffered like us. We cannot do anything, but wait and ask Allah for help,” she said.

Lawyers also said government should investigate war crime cases and should bring justice to the guilty parties.

“Unfortunately transitional justice was not implemented fully and that is why today every criminal and war party, especially those involved in Afghanistan’s war crimes, joined government and the crimes they did were not investigated,” said Abdul Wahid Farzaie, a lawyer.

For years the Mujahideen have been criticized for the civil war and for looting public property in Kabul. 

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