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Hazara Shia Leaders in Afghanistan Upset over Soleimani Killing

Published Jan 06, 2020
Updated Feb 24, 2020

The Hazara community leaders expressed distress over the killing of Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack by the United States on 3 January outside Baghdad airport.

Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish addressing a gathering marking Afghanistan’s Constitution founding 16 years ago said Iran’s Qassem Soleimani was a “prominent anti-Daesh figure in the region” and his death will create a “complicated” political and security situation in the region and the Middle East.

“Sardar Soleimani was a prominent figure in anti-Daesh efforts in the region,” he said. “No doubt, rude acts, acts outside of international law, will–under any circumstances–further worsen the situation and distance us from peace and stability in the region and the world, and will increase the tension.”

“We feel regret and concern–we call for calm on all sides. We assure all countries, far and near, especially Afghanistan’s neighbors, that Afghanistan will not be used against the interests of any country,” as per Tolonews.

Afghan politician, Mohammad Mohaqiq, who heads the Wahda-e-Islami party, in a statement condemned the killing of Soleimani and said his death is an irreparable loss as he was a “key figure in fighting international terrorism and extremism, al Qaeda and Daesh.”

Hazara are Shia and have been operating under the umbrella of the Quds Force organised as Fatemiyoun Division under Soleimani. The volunteers and refugees were mobilized to defend the shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab outside Damascus but were increasingly embroiled in the fight against the anti Assad forces in Syria.

Earlier Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement saying that the “Afghan government reassures the Afghan people and the neighboring countries that Afghanistan’s territory will not be used against any other nation in the region,”  after having spoken to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that he had a telephone call with Ghani, “Spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Donald Trump’s decision to kill Qassem Soleimani to protect American lives at stake. The Iranian regime’s actions are a source of instability throughout the region. The US will protect its people and its interests.” Pompeo said.

Ghani tweeted: “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan closely monitors the situations in the region and seeks bilateral and multilateral ties with all countries in the region and the world” and  “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is gravely concerned about a possible increase in violence in the region. In my telephone conversation with the US Secretary of State, I once again emphasized that Afghan soil must not be used against a third country or in regional conflicts.” Ghani tweeted.

Afghanistan is concerned that Iran’s retaliatory action could imply a strike on the US bases in the country and may embroil Kabul in an unavoidable conflict at a time when peace with talks with the Taliban are in an advanced stage.