Afghani Female Candidate Survives Hit & Run

Afghani Female candidate hit by a speeding car in an attempt on her life! She had previously had her life threatened.

Zohra Sahel, a candidate for the Wolesi Jirga (People’s Council) in the National Assembly from Balkh Province representing the Islamic Unity Party (Hizb-e Wahdat-e Islami), survived an attempt on her life on 20 August, Pajhwak Afghan News reported on 21 August.

Sahel was hit by a speeding car in Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh Province, and sustained serious injuries. “Unidentified people warn[ed] me over the telephone to withdraw my candidature,” Sahel told Pajhwak. Timor Shah Timor, head of the UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body in Balkh, condemned the attack on Sahel, adding that it was a plot to discourage female candidates from running for parliament. AT

An eyewitness had this to say:

Talib Hussain, an eyewitness, said a white colour motor car struck Zohra Sahel. He said the woman was shifted to hospital with her legs wounded.

Mohammad Omar Safi, an independent candidate, who escaped life attempt some days back, said the people behind such attacks were trying to mar the upcoming parliamentary polls.

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