Leaders condemn the murder of former female Afghan MP

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tom West, has called for a “serious investigation” into the murder of former female Afghan lawmaker, Mursal Nabizada, who with her bodyguard were killed in Kabul last Saturday.

Tom West said in a tweet on Monday that “Afghans are mourning the loss of parliamentarian Mursal Nabizada, a courageous public servant and fearless voice for her people. Afghans have lost an advocate and role model. A serious investigation must help us understand who took her life. My condolences to her loved ones.”

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said he was “sad” to hear the news of the former MP’s murder.

Amnesty International tweeted a video montage of Mursal Nabizada and called for justice for her “and all women in Afghanistan.”

Former prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, she was “devastated” at the news.

Nabizada had recently criticised the Taliban over its restrictions on women and girls. Her family has said her murder couldn’t be due to personal feuds. Her mother told Tolo News that “we heard the sound of gunfire and rushed downstairs to find my daughter and her bodyguard dead and her brother wounded.”