“Seven attacks have occurred against political analysts in a month – which is a big strike to freedom of speech. Such attacks have created concern among organizations that defend journalists’ rights,” said Mujib Khalwatgar, head of Nai.
After an attack on political analyst Ahmad Saeedi, two other political commentators Jawed Kohistani and Toofan Waziri along with Nisar Ahmad Bahawi a well-known taekwondo player and an MP were attacked by unknown armed men in recent days.
Mohammad Hashim Alokozay a senator who lives close to political analyst Toofan Waziri, said: “I was not at home when [gunmen] opened fire on Toofan Waziri and the head of Helmand provincial council but they survived and the attackers escaped.”
He said the attack is a mystery.
“I think the incident is linked with the realities that we reveal about the Taliban and they want to limit the freedom of speech by such attacks,” Alokozay said.
Police have not arrested any suspects linked to the incidents but the Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said they were investigating the incidents.
“Security forces have created a core through which we are trying to find out who is under threat and then we share our information with security agencies in order to prevent such incidents,” he said.
According to reports by Nai, at least seven attacks have occurred against political analysts and civil society activists in the country in recent months.