By: F. Makhdoom
“While I condemn the terrorist attack in the strongest possible term and call it the most heinous form of terrorism, pray heaven for Aziza Malikzada and others who lost their lives and immediate recovery for those wounded,” Minister Zuhair
KABUL: Aziza Malikzada, a former journalist working for state-run The Kabul Times daily, among four others were martyred and scores others wounded, in the latest brutal bomb attack on their vehicle in the capital Kabul.
Aziza Malikzada, a woman of culture, virtue and tolerance who worked for several years as reporter for The Kabul Times daily and was recently a staff of the Publication Department of the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) lost her life, late on Monday, after a Coaster-type van was targeted by an Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), in an area, locally known as Dahan-e-Bagh, in heavily violence affected capital.
The country’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and other government high-ranking authorities as well as civil society activists condemned the attacks and called it the most vicious of its kind.
The country’s Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, condemned the attack on the civil workers vehicle and said the enemy of peace and security of the people of Afghanistan, following their anti-human crimes, once again targeted a vehicle carrying a number of the staffs of the Ministries of Information and Culture and Tele-communication and Information Technology as well as the Education.
“While I condemn the terrorist attack in the strongest possible term and call it the most heinous form of terrorism, pray heaven for Aziza Malikzada and others who lost their lives and immediate recovery for those wounded,” the acting minister said on the ministry’s official Facebook page.
After their official work, Aziza Malikzada and her sister Karima Malikzada (still a photographer for The Kabul Times) – both officials of the Ministry of Information and Culture have had to take care of their long ailing sister at home.
They have already lost their parents and had no brother at all and no bread winner, except themselves who were joining their offices and working hard as heroines to provide legitimate livelihood.
She has forever wished that once her ailing sister recovers and peace restored in the country to see their homeland as secure and peaceful as other world countries. But the brutal terrorists took her life along with several of her colleagues, with her dreams remained unfulfilled.
Shedding tears for the severest tragedy darkened their house, her sister Karima Malikzada, in a briefing with The Kabul Times, said that she has not only lost her sister, but her arm as she was her only companion at home and co-worker at the office, when they started working for the Kabul Times daily.
“Now, I have no one to talk, no one to dine with at home, and no one to help me take care of our ailing sister,” Karima wept.