Sunday, July 15, 2007

Forgiveness Is Better Than Revenge (Report)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai forgave the Pakistani 14-year-old suicide bomber, who was arrested when he had worn his vest and was ready to blow himself up in Khost about a month ago. Rafiqullah of South Waziristan of Pakistan was arrested in Khost about a month ago. In an interview at Khost National Security Department (NSD), Rafiqullah told me that he was told by Mullah’s in his madrassa in South Waziristan to kill the governor of Khost. He added that he was also told that the governor of Khost was an infidel(non-believer), and that if he kills the governor, he will go to heaven.
President Karzai forgave Rafiqullah and let him go back to his village in his country.
To read the complete report about this action of the President Karzai, click on the headline.
(His video interview will be posted on NTR in August.)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Instability Increases in Khost (Report)

Khost Jame Mosque

Khost deputy education chief was assassinated during the day time in the city. Khost, Afghanistan’s south-eastern province is about 30 km away from lawless South Waziristan area of Pakistan. The province is under severe threat of suicide bombers and terrorist attacks. It is hard for government officials and staff of international organizations to walk around in the city. I start to worry about my safety in the city, as I am doing a documentary on the return of Taliban in the area. I am not sure if I will be able to return to Kabul alive. I could be their target any moment. They are every where in the area. Three days ago they shot and burnt three trucks on Paktia-Khost highway at 8 a.m. in the morning. The distance between the burnt trucks and police post was about 500 meters. The assassination of deputy education chief in Khost is another sign of Taliban’s existence in the area.
Click on the headline and read the news report of Khost deputy chief assassination.