The family members of those killed during a National Directorate of Security’s (NDS) special unit operation on Sunday night in the north of Kabul said that President Ghani told them that “he was not aware of the operation.”
On Monday evening, President Ghani met with family members of the slain Amer Abdul Sattar, a former Mujahideen leader, and families of other victims of the Sunday night operation.
Amer Sattar was the guest of Haji Shafi Ghorbandi on Sunday night in the Khair Khana area north of Kabul and the incident happened at 7:30pm after the NDS forces launched operation.
Ghorbandi’s family said that “if they wanted to launch an operation against Amer Sattar than why in our house?”
“It is not good that the government attacked my house--the government could have arrested Sattar in another place,” said Haji Shafi Ghorbandi, the owner of the house.
“The president himself told me during an official meeting that he was not aware of the operation and said that the knot that is supposed to be opened by hand, you opened by mouth,” said Ghorbandi.
Abdullah, 7, another son of the Haji Shafi was stuck in the toilet during the operation. “I told them that I was innocent, they slapped me and kicked me out,” said Abdullah Ghorbandi’s son.
Amer Sattar's son and nephew were killed during the operation.
Hafizullah, 75, and Azimullah, 32 are two other victims. Azimullah had two sons and two daughters.
“The lights were switched off and then firing started and they martyred my father and grandfather,” said Amin, son of Azimullah.
Amer Sattar was from Ghorband valley of Parwan province and was supporting President Ghani during last year’s Presidential election.
Sattar was using a vehicle that had government number pallet and is still remained outside the house that the operation launched, according to TOLOnews reporter, Sharif Amiry.
Sources said that Amer Sattar was accused of having illegal armed men.
“Their claim is baseless that they discovered weapons--they recovered only one AK47 and one pistol, both of which were owned legally be Amir Sattar,” said Lajmir Ghorbandi, nephew of Hafizullah.
“They had blocked all the streets, there were 50 vehicles and over 200 personnel,” said Haji Padshah, Hafizullah’s neighbor.
In the meantime, officials of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) have criticized the NDS for “such as operations” and said that “a delegation has been appointed to investigate the incident.”
The NDS confirmed the operation but still has not commented on its details.