Dawn, March 20, 2003

Attack on RAWA staffer flayed
By A Reporter

ISLAMABAD, March 19: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has condemned an attempt on the life of one of its employee working in a charity hospital for Afghan refugee women and children in Khayaban-i-Sir-i-Syed.

A volunteer of RAWA was shot and injured on Tuesday night by three assailants when he was leaving the Malalai Hospital.

A RAWA spokesperson said the motive behind the attack was to discourage the association from continuing its activities aimed at winning the rights of Afghan women and children, who were being brutalized and suppressed for more than two decades.

"We know such attacks are planned with the notion of making RAWA stop its activities. But, if the martyrdom of our leader could not discourage in carrying forward our goal then such attacks can in no way weaken our resolve and determination," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said: "The important issue for RAWA is the insecurity which its members and supporters face in Pakistan.

The Nation, March 19, 2003

RAWA flays attack on personnel

ISLAMABAD- The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) on Thursday condemned an attack by unknown assailants at the organizationís hospital that left one person seriously injured.

In a statement issued here, the RAWA spokesperson said some unknown assailants attacked the Malalai Hospital on March 19 and fired at its assistant director, Muhammad Mohsin who received serious injuries. The attackers also used abusive language against RAWA, it added.

According to the spokesperson, this was not the first time that RAWA personnel were attacked and assaulted by unknown assailants due to its staunch opposition to the fundamentalism as well as its struggle for democracy in Afghanistan.

It maintained that the Afghan women would continue their struggle against the oppression from the platform of RAWA as they could not be subjugated by the use of sheer force and application of coercive methods.

RAWA statement in this regard

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