Afghan Member of Parliament (MP) and a disgrace to the law, Lalai Hamidzai (full name Mohammad Nahim Lalai Hamidzai), has reportedly gone on a drunken shooting rampage on Thursday night in Kabul, according to this report.
This nationalist MP is previously reported to have said on national TV that Afghanistan is only for people of Pashtun ethnic origin (see this link). For someone like Lalai who comes from Kandahar – the home of the international terrorists and brutal Islamic extremist group Taliban – this drunken episode comes has a slap in his face.
The younger generations of Afghanistan who claim they are pro-democracy, equality, and human rights and our journalists have become complicit in the process of protecting themselves from retaliation.
Think about it – if he were to be tried under the Sharia law as his fellow Taliban brothers would implement it – what would happen to MP Lalai? My guess, probably nothing. Yes, probably nothing would happen to anyone with this kind of behavior under the Taliban or under the current nationalist administration of Ashraf Ghani because as long as your last name ends with a ‘-zai’ or with a ‘-khail’, you’re safe from proving your patriotism, your Afghan-ness, or your obligation to the law because hey – this is Afghanistan!
I’m not condoning the act of “firing into the sky” or firing any gun at all to begin with, but when people of other ethnicity fire into the sky in broad daylight in recognition of a national figure, there’s endless mockery and accusations of violence and mayhem. Where is the outcry by those very same people now? Nothing but silence is the response. The nationalism exuding out of the Ashraf Ghani administration has negatively affected many young people in the country and the younger generations of Afghanistan who claim they are pro-democracy, equality, and human rights and our journalists have become complicit in the process of protecting themselves from retaliation.
One would expect that such behavior would result in an immediate investigation into the incident and Hamidzai be called in for a disciplinary meeting and referred for counselling on how to conduct himself in public.
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