A group of Canadian Members of Parliament has jointly asked their government to take immediate action to bring eight Afghan women MPs who are left behind in complete desperation in Kabul.
The living conditions have become extremely hard for Afghans, particularly for women and girls under the Taliban-run administration. With each passing day, a new set of restrictions are imposed barring women from participating in education, employment, sports, and public spaces.
Worst of all, Afghan women Members of Parliament from the previous government who remained in Kabul after the Taliban seized power in August 2021, now face immediate threats.
Kabul Police said on Sunday that former Afghan MP Mursal Nabizada and her bodyguard were killed by unknown gunmen in her house in the heart of Kabul. Nabizada was one of the few MPs who remained in Kabul after the Taliban returned to power.
Kabul police Molvi Hamidullah Khalid that investigations into her death are underway, with no one or party claiming the responsibility as of now.
Six Canadian MPs in a joint statement saying that they have worked together for more than a year to bring the eight remaining Afghan women MPs to Canada.
“We urge the Canadian government to act on this matter urgently and take immediate actions to assist in getting these women to safety,” the statement says.
The statement also adds that Afghanistan is not safe for women and girls, particularly for these brave women PMs, who led the way for Afghan women during the former regime in Afghanistan.
Having no political ties with Afghanistan’s de facto authorities, the Canadian government has been kind enough to rescue the lives of thousands of Afghans since the late regime change in Kabul. After the United States, Canada has embraced the largest number of Afghans who fled the Taliban-run government. These people included journalists, social activists, military personnel, politicians, artists, political activists, and more.