Help for Afghan Heroes organization has honored the late Kandahar police chief, Gen Abdul Raziq, for his hard work and efforts in fighting terrorism by painting a mural of him on the wall of theAfghan National Police Academy in Kabul.
The painting is aimed at keeping alive the memories of Raziq and other fallen Afghan soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for peace in Afghanistan.
Matiullah Sahil, a member of the organization, said they want the nation to remember the soldiers who lost their lives defending the nation and to remember their families.
“Our aim by painting this picture is to respect martyrs of recent incidents; victims in Kandahar, especially Gen. Abdul Raziq, the people’s general,” said Sahil.
Hamida Zala, another member of Help for Afghan Heroes, meanwhile said there are heroes in the country who have sacrificed their lives for the country, and that government should have plans to protect them and help their families in the event of their death.
“We have heroes in our country who sacrificed their lives. We, citizens, ask the government what plans do they have for these soldiers?” Zala asked.
“The Help for Afghan Heroes asks government to announce a day of national mourning and to respond positively to the legitimate demand among Kandahar youths who want the National Police Academy to be called the Gen. Abdul Raziq Academy,” another organization member Mustafa Sulaimankhel said.
Families of Afghan soldiers have repeatedly said they are struggling financially and when their sons are killed or wounded in fights against insurgency, they face numerous challenges.
The families have appealed to government to help them.
Raziq was killed on Thursday in a shooting incident after a high-profile meeting in Kandahar.
The incident happened when officials were leaving the governor’s office and were making their way to a helipad.
Gen. Abdul Momin Hassankhail, head of the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS), was also killed.
The governor, Zalmai Wesa, and the commander of Maiwand 404 police zone, were wounded.
Among those who had been at the meeting was Gen. Austin Scott Miller, Resolute Support Commander, and other high-profile officials.