By: Rukhshana Media
A former member of Afghanistan’s House of Representatives under Ashraf Ghani’s government has been shot and killed at home in Kabul, a family member has confirmed to Rukhshana Media.
Mursal Nabizada, who represented Kabul province in the lower house for two terms under the previous government, was killed alongside her bodyguards when armed men raided her home in District 12’s Ahmad Shah Baba area of Kabul city.
A source close to her, who did not want to be named, says it is not yet clear who was behind the raid.
Mrs Nabizada was divorced from her ex-husband but their problems remained unresolved, the source says. It was understood there had been conflict between the families of the pair for some time.
Another source, who spoke to Rukhshana Media on condition of anonymity, says that Mrs Nabizada’s brother was also injured in the attack.
Khalid Zadran, the spokesman of the Taliban’s Kabul police unit, said that they have started investigating to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
Mr Zadran did not provide any details about the cause and motive of the murder to Rukhshana Media. However he was quoted by Deutsche Welle as saying that one of Mrs Nabizada’s bodyguards has fled the scene with money and jewelry.
DW reported that Mrs Nabizada was working in a private NGO while she was an MP and had continued to work with the NGO after the collapse of the Ghani government. She was interviewed about her NGO work on TV four months ago.
Hana Neuman, a member of the European Union Parliament, wrote on Twitter that she is saddened and angry by Mrs Nabizada’s death, and the world should know that she was killed in “darkness” but the Taliban have implemented their gender apartheid system in full daylight.
There is a rising number of women being killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover and restrictions on women’s rights. This is based on the increasing number of media reports on the topic, while there is no official data being recorded.