HRW urges Afghanistan for fair trial of captured ISKP leader

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has requested the Afghan government to bring war crimes charges against Abdullah Orakzai alias Aslam Farooqi, the leader of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), who is the master mind behind numerous terrorist attacks across Afghanistan and was captured in Kandahar Province few days back.

The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) is an affiliate of the extremist group Islamic State (IS) that has been targeting dozens of Shi’ite mosques and other facilities in Kabul and other Afghan cities, killing and injuring thousands of civilians. The group also claimed responsibility for a March 25 assault on a Sikh temple in Kabul that killed about 25 people.

In a statement late on April 6, the HRW said, Afghanistan has “a poor record in bringing individuals implicated in human rights abuses and war crimes to justice” and the capture of ISKP leader gives “an opportunity for the Afghan authorities to show that they are capable of securing fair justice for victims of war crimes and other atrocities”.

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