Afghan people have ‘lot of sympathy and compassion’ for the 14 Nepalese security guards who were killed in a suicide bombing on Monday, an Afghan member of parliament said yesterday. The men, who were working as security guards at the Canadian embassy in Kabul, were killed when a bomb ripped through their minibus early Monday morning.
Afghan MP Khalid Pashtoon told a Canadian website that the Nepalese men “never raise guns against other Afghans” but they were merely providing security to the Canadian embassy in the Green Zone.
“Our hearts go out to these men and their families because they were not bringing any harm to our country. Nepalese security guards are working not only with the Canadians but other diplomatic missions as well,” Mr Pashtoon was quoted as saying.
He further added that Afghan people considered them as ‘security guards, not soldiers’, who were merely protecting diplomatic missions. The ‘poor Nepalese guards’ proved to be ‘tragically soft’ targets of the ‘enemies’, the MP said.
The carnage has cast the spotlight on the Himalayan nation’s export of security guards to Afghanistan. A seemingly legitimate question is being raised: How secured are the security guards?
According to a media report, the Nepalese government has so far issued permits to only 3353 security guards to work in Kabul’s Green Zone. However, anywhere between 8,000 to 11,000 Nepalese security guards may be working in the war-torn nation. How did they get there? The answer is obvious – someone or some groups are minting money by ‘trafficking’ these security guards through illegal channels.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday termed the bombing as “appalling and cowardly.”