Two female members of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court gunned down

While most of the world focuses on the events unfolding in the United States, especially as President Donald Trump prepares to depart the White House, a tragedy recently occurred in Afghanistan that has the country on edge.

Two female members of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court were gunned down by unidentified individuals on Sunday while riding in a vehicle, Afghanistan’s TOLOnews reported. The gunmen opened fire on the vehicle, killing the two judges and injuring others riding with them. 

The murdered Afghanistan Supreme Court judges were identified as 53-year-old Qadria Yasini and 34-year-old Zakia Herawi.

What happened?

A statement from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed Taliban operatives for the assassinations.

“[A]ttacks by the Taliban and other terrorist groups against defenseless people are against Islamic teaching and against the spirit of peace and means illegal war and hostility against the people that could undermine the national consensus of the people on peace,” the statement read.

Ghani insisted that the Afghanistan government condemns acts of violence and terror by Taliban fighters, and warned the group that such actions will only further delay the ongoing peace talks between them.

As of this writing, Taliban forces have not claimed credit for the assassinations, nor have any other terrorist groups.

“No law, no justice”

The assassination has sparked fear among Afghan citizens, especially as Taliban forces have attacked Afghanistan security forces on numerous occasions over past months.

Herawi’s mother, Zia Gul, called upon leaders of the country to do something, telling TOLOnews, “We call on the government to wake up. The country is in shock, the nation is in shock.”

The slain judge’s sister, Farzana, echoed the statement, saying, “No one is there to take care of us in this land. There is no law, no justice, nothing.”

Though at one point the Trump administration made progress on brokering a peace deal between Afghanistan’s leadership in Kabul and Taliban forces, those talks eventually stalled out, according to a report from International Crisis Group.

Only time will tell if the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden picks up where Trump left off, but given their vast differences on foreign policy, it seems unlikely.

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