Statementby Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan Chris Alexander on the assassination of Wolesi Jirga member for Samangan,Maulvi Mohammad Islam Mohammadi

The assassination of Mauve Mohammad Islam Mohammad is a great loss for Afghanistan. It represents an assault on the democratic will of the people who voted in their millions for peace, stability and progress during historic elections in 1384.

Mauve Mohammad served his country honorably as a mujahidin, as a religious scholar and as a parliamentarian. He is now the first Wolsey Jirga member to be killed since Afghanistan’s new National Assembly was inaugurated in December 2005. This murder is particularly distressing coming as Afghans mark the holy month of Mahram and on the eve of the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

This attack underlines the risks faced by dedicated parliamentarians as they work tirelessly to forge a new future for the people of Afghanistan. We urge Afghan authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly and call on them to step up protection for all parliamentarians representing communities across Afghanistan.

Our thoughts remain with the family, friends and constituents of Mauve Mohammad at this difficult time.