Apr 24, 2005

Father killed his son

On Friday a father killed his 18-year old son in the northern province of Baghlan on when he was drunk.

Ghulam Dastageer, a senior police official in told to Media that 18-year old Gul Hussain died after he was seriously wounded by his father who shot him in the stomach. Hussain died at home after being brought home from the hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

"Evidence points to the fact that Shah Hussain, the father, a commander of the former armoured division no 20 was behind the killing." He didn’t elaborate but said they would investigate the case after traditional mourning ceremony was over.

Neighbors and friends of the boy who all refused to be quoted insisted that the father had killed the boy. However hospital officials in the capital of Pul e Khumri city quoted the father as saying that his son was mistakenly shot when he was cleaning his gun.
Shah Hussain still carries arms and is escorted by his personal body guards despite being disarmed by the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration process according to locals.

Such killings have not been unusual in Baghlan over the last three months. Three similar cases were reported, two of them the killing of fathers by their sons and the third the killing of a son by his father.


Rosemary Welch said...

Is this what is considered an "honor" killing? What honor is there in murder? I do not understand. There are different ways to punish a child. This is so final. This is so sad. I am sorry. Thank you for the article.

Tony (New Zealand) said...

It is plain to anyone who values human liberty and reason that there are still remnants of a dark and venal culture still left be irradicated in Afghanistan. I mean, this so-called 'honor' killing along with the news of a woman recently being stoned to death for adultery indicate some horribly debauched principle at work here.

By what principle do people use to judge 'honor' killings and the stoning of adulterers as morally justified? Was this the design of that warring pedophile, Mohammed?

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the blogging world. I hope you can post your stories often. I will be reading every week. Please don't stop. We need independant reporting from the people who live there.

Thank you,

Utah, U.S.A.

Brian H said...

Hey, I watch CSI; test both their hands for residue, quick!

JoshD said...

"I want to highlight the problems of society in an independent manner, without fear and favor to any group or political interest. "

I like that. I'll be reading your posts.

Hoelun of the Olkunut said...

Hello Afghan Lord,

I also have an Afghan blog (from a very different perspective though). I just started it (before I was part of Diderots' Lounge, which is a policy blog with some friends of mine). I was wondering if you would be interested in syndication, which basically means that I would put a link to your blog on my page, and you would do the same for mine. You can see it here:


- Hoelun

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