Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Courage Under Fire
Malalai Kakar, the most high-profile woman police officer in Afghanistan, paid a heavy price for her indomitable courage and spirit. Militants, who were waiting outside the home of Kakar, pumped bullet after bullet into her body, killing her on the spot. Kakar, a mother of six, was well known to everyone for her courage in Kandahar - one of Afghanistan's most conservative provinces. The lady, the most senior policewoman in the province, had been appointed chief of a team of about 10 women police officers.
Kakar, who did her best to stop crimes against women and children, had received a number of death threats. After killing her, the extremist Taliban movement claimed responsibility and expressed delighted at eliminating her. But they forgot one thing that they managed to kill only her body, not her bravery, not her legacy. I pray to God to produce thousands of Kakars in Afghanistan. May her soul rest on peace!