Karzai Orders Investigation Into Kapisa Schoolgirl Murder

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President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered a full investigation into the shooting of Anisa, a Grade 10 schoolgirl who was killed in Kapisa province on Sunday.

A delegation comprised of representatives of the Ministry of Interior, National Directorate of Security , the Attorney General Office and local government personnel have been sent to fully investigate the case and report back to Karzai in four days, a statement from the presidential office said.

"To find out the facts about the killing of Anisa, daughter of Amir Mohammad, in Kapisa province a high ranking government delegation was assigned to investigate," the presidential statement said.

This comes after the Afghan Women's Network on Wednesday condemned the shooting allegedly at the hands of Taliban members and criticized the government for its silence over the incident.

Sixteen-year-old Anisa, who only goes by one name, died in a hail of bullets after leaving Mahmoud Raqi Girls High School on Sunday, according to the school and provincial officials.

Possible motives for the shooting have been linked to Anisa's work as a volunteer on a polio campaign, given the Taliban has publicly opposed polio vaccinations in some parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The government sluggishness to react to Anisa's murder were compared by critics to the government's response to the shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in Swat Valley in October.

At that time, Karzai publicly condemned Malala's shooting which had received worldwide recognition because she survived being shot in the head by local Taliban forces, and used it as a platform to call for cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan on terrorism.

The Afghan Ministry of Education also declared all schools should hold prayer ceremonies for Malala's recovery.

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