In memory of
Nasrat Ali Hassan, 45, male passenger in a rickshaw taxi
shot ~11 P.M. Tuesday, March 14, 2006
about 4 kms outside the city of Kandahar by Canadian occupation forces (some 2,300 of whom are now stationed in Kandahar, relieving the U.S. occupation forces). A male passenger of a three-wheeled motorized taxi (rickshaw) was fired upon by a turret gunner when the rickshaw passed “too close” to Canadian military vehicles. The Hasrat Ali family was coming home from a dinner at the home of a relative. One of the taxi’s six passengers was seriously wounded and died later at a hospital in Kandahar. A Canadian army medical team refused to treat Nasrat Ail on the spot, insisting that he instead be transferred to a poorly equipped Afghan facility where he died a few hours later. He was a husband and a father of six. Shahab, 4, was in the rickshaw when his father was shot in the chest. Nasrat’s widow, Semem Gul, 40, protests, “I don’t have a husband! I have nobody to protect me. What am I to do? You say sorry? What does sorry mean to me? Will sorry feed my children?” The Canadians are following the U.S. practice of shoot first and ask later. Nasrat Ali, a poor Shiite, who barely eked out an existence making tin pots and pans, was buried in an emotional funeral on Thursday. On July 7th, the Canadian military announced it had cleared the occupation soldier who killed Hassan of any responsibility for his death.
A photo above shows Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, in Kandahar a few days earlier, shaking hands with local powerbroker and mujahideen, Mullah Naqibullah, who (mis)ruled Kandahar between 1989-1994 when he handed the city over to the Taliban. In December 2001, Mullah Omar returned the favor, giving back the city to Naqibullah.
Killed by Canadian ground troops of “Task Force Afghanistan” in Kandahar