mursal nabizada, a former afghan mp, and her bodyguard were shot dead at her home in the capital kabul on sunday. her brother and a second security guard were also wounded in the attack. ms nabizada was elected as a member of parliament from kabul in 2018 and worked at the institute for human resources development and research.
the taliban returned to power in 2021, removing women from nearly all areas of public life. ms nabizada had a chance to leave the country but chose to stay and fight for her people instead. kabul police spokesman khalid zadran said security forces had started a serious investigation into the incident.
the motive behind the shooting is still unknown, but former colleagues praised ms nabizada as a “fearless champion for afghanistan” who stood for what she believed in, even in the face of danger. abdullah abdullah, a former top official in afghanistan’s former western-backed government, said he was saddened by ms nabizada’s death and hoped the perpetrators would be punished. many women who had prominent professional jobs in afghanistan after the us-led invasion two decades ago fled the country after the taliban returned to power.