Two female MPs brawl in Afghan parliament

The fact that two FEMALE MP's were able to speak out and one of them was a former army general says a lot about how we have helped improve the lives of people in Afghanistan over the last 10-years. We have enabled women to be considered human beings; and we should thank our brave young men and women in Afghanistan for enabling this.

Two female MPs brawl in Afghan parliament

From Matiullah Mati, CNN
July 5, 2011 12:09 p.m. EDT
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • One member of parliament throws her shoe, attacks the other, who fights back
  • The argument begins over recent rocket attacks from Pakistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Two female members of the Afghanistan Parliament got into a physical fight Tuesday following a discussion of rocket attacks from Pakistan.

General Nazifa Zaki, a former army general, threw her shoe at fellow MP Hamida Ahmadzai, video from parliament showed.

The video, posted online by TOLOnews.com, shows Zaki leave her seat to head toward Ahmadzai, who throws a water bottle at Zaki when she gets close.

Zaki punches Ahmadzai, and the two begin to tussle.

Arian Yoon, another female member of parliament, said Zaki punched Ahmadzai in the face.

Other members of parliament quickly broke the fight up.

What began as a discussion took a turn for the worse when one of the coalitions in parliament, including members who are accused of fraud, wanted to summon President Hamid Karzai about the rocket and artillery attacks from Pakistan.

Ahmadzai called for two of the country's vice presidents to be summoned.

That's when Zaki attacked, Yoon told CNN.

The Pakistani government has denied responsibility for recent deadly rocket attacks in Afghanistan.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said the attacks were not carried out by the Pakistani army, according to a statement from Karzai's office following his meeting Zardari.

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Tags: Afghanistan, Democracy, East, Freedom, Human, Middle, Protests, Rights, Women, Women's

Comment by Sassan K. on July 8, 2011 at 2:22am

Utter nonsense. No one is going to surrender to the Taliban. Even though I think it is utterly stupid to even attempt to negotiate with terrorists such as the Taliban - at the end of the day it won't work out and we will support the Afghan government towards sovereignty as long as it takes. We have learned our lesson from the Soviet-Afghan aftermath and will not retreat in the way your likes would like to see - demonstrating human rights is not an important objective for you but rather anything that is anti-American and anti-west.

Again, while Afghanistan may not be a perfect place for women - as I have mentioned - this notion only demonstrates how much horrific it was 10-years ago under the Taliban - to see a lack of change in the fact that women can now work and Afghan girls can acquire an education - is not having a bone of moral conscience for the plight of the Afghani people - and in war unfortunately sometimes civilians die -  but the Afghan people are appreciative of our help in giving them a chance for a future they once could never have had under the brutal and truly barbaric Taliban - effectively, the side you continually defend as somehow being "more acceptable" than a liberated Afghanistan.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 8, 2011 at 2:25am
And to add: just the fact that there are female members of parliament is an amazing accomplishment for Afghanistan and the Afghani people.
Comment by Arcus on July 8, 2011 at 2:26am
10 33 years of occupation. :)
Comment by Sassan K. on July 8, 2011 at 2:27am
"At the top of Afghan society, rights for women appear good: 69 out of 249 MPs are female, 28 per cent – well ahead of the UK's 22 per cent. Some 57 per cent of women and girls now go to school, whereas under the Taliban education for girls was banned. There are strong advocacy groups, while one of the more prominent female MPs, Fawzia Koofi, has hopes of running for the presidency in 2014.

Yet the reality on the ground, especially in areas where the Taliban has regained control over the past five years, is far grimmer: 20 girls' schools were burned down during a six-month period last year. Many teachers are threatened with "night letters" – notes left anonymously overnight – from insurgents warning them to stop educating girls or be killed. A Human Rights Watch report last year warned that women's rights in the country risked being sacrificed if the West "cut a deal" in peace talks with the Taliban."

Comment by Arcus on July 8, 2011 at 6:08am

"in the light of the last ten bloody years in Afghanastan"

@Derek:

-80ies civilian war dead (Soviet war) - 0.6-2m

-Primo/medio 90ies civilian war dead (Civil wars) - >50k

-Ultimo 90ies civilians massacred (Taliban) - min 15 massacres, casualties in 1 massacre 4k

-2001-present civilians killed (US/NATO led) - 14-34k

I would say Afghanistan has been more peaceful the last decade since the US led invasion than it was in the 25 years that preceded the period. The invasion can therefore be considered a major success.

Comment by Albert Bakker on July 8, 2011 at 12:08pm

Even for people who insist on being stupid about what is really going on and try to avoid any and all critical thought should probably read this: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MG08Df01.html and cross their fingers really hard that it turns out to be not true.

Meanwhile the US strategy seems to still be to behead the Hydra one at a time.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 8, 2011 at 1:38pm
Again, you are simply anti-American and anti-west from everything and anything you have ever posted on ThinkAtheist and you have no value in having an interest in the plight of the Afghan people - if that interest means having to acknowledge that the U.S. and international community has provided a better life and a better future for the Afghan people post-Taliban. Things are of course imperfect and much more needs to do to improve along with Karazi's corruption mob and the influence of Iran in supporting jihadist groups such as the Taliban - but one must be honest and thank the American and NATO forces for keeping their commitments unlike the post Soviet-Afghan war.
Comment by Albert Bakker on July 8, 2011 at 2:49pm

I wonder what you think you can achieve by calling people names all the time.

Now I am simply "anti-American" and "anti-west" In the last few days alone you called me a moral coward, and ISI agent and a jihadi and Taliban apologist and before that a personal friend of Osama bin Laden and accused me of a whole list of things apparently deigned to irk or annoy me.

Or bore me to death perhaps?

If you actually attempt to address the issues raised it's always a ridiculous strawman. And then you even fail at beating that properly.

Comment by Arcus on July 8, 2011 at 7:08pm

As for AsiaTimes: "We look at these issues from an Asian perspective"

So much for objectivity... And what is an "Asian perspective" anyway? Apparently it's Chinese, the country which has no problem excusing the atrocities in Darfur and think Iran and North Korea have good ideas about governance.

Source criticism is seemingly less important than finding the pundit which supports one's own view.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 9, 2011 at 12:27am

Now I am simply "anti-American" and "anti-west" In the last few days alone you called me a moral coward, and ISI agent and a jihadi and Taliban apologist and before that a personal friend of Osama bin Laden and accused me of a whole list of things apparently deigned to irk or annoy me.

There is no real issue to address with you. It is already predictable what you will post and the view you will take - anything that is anti-American and anti-west. And I never called you an ISI agent or a jihadist. You are right, I did call you "anti-American", "anti-west", having no moral conscience, and a Taliban and Islamic apologist - but again, you make things up by adding other so called facts which I did not do/say. And how exactly am I incorrect in my assessments?

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