«Fearless champion for Afghanistan»
Former Afghan lawmakers shot dead in Kabul
A former member of parliament and her bodyguard have been shot dead in the Afghan capital Kabul.
Published: 01/15/2023 at 17:01
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Former MP Mursal Nabisada.
Mursal Nabisada was shot dead “together with one of her bodyguards in her house” on Sunday night, said police spokesman Chalid Sadran. A brother of the ex-MP was injured in the attack.
In the fight for their people
Nabisada, 32, came from the eastern province of Nangarhar and was elected as a member of parliament from Kabul in 2018. Former MP Mariam Solaimanchil described her on Twitter as a “fearless champion of Afghanistan” and a “true pioneer (…) who stood up for what she believed in, even in the face of danger.” Although she could have left Afghanistan, she decided to stay and fight for her people.
“I am sad and angry and I want the world to know,” tweeted Hannah Neumann, Member of the European Parliament. Nabisada was killed in the dark, but the Taliban “establish their system of gender apartheid in full daylight”.
Women pushed out of public life
During the two decades of the US-led stabilization mission in Afghanistan, many women held important positions in the country, including judges, journalists and politicians. Since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, women have been rapidly pushed out of almost every sphere of public life.
They have been banned from education, from public sector jobs and even from visiting public parks. In addition, according to the Taliban, women must cover themselves in public, if possible with a full-body veil.