Mamadbokir Mamadbokirov, a mujahid and one of the most influential Ismaili Shiites in the Badakhshan region, was assassinated by a sniper and martyred.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Mamadbokir Mamadbokirov, a mujahid and one of the most influential Ismaili Shiites in the Badakhshan region, was assassinated by a sniper and martyred.
Mamadbokir Mamadbokirov, a mujahid and one of the most influential Ismaili Shiites in the Badakhshan region, was martyred.
According to local witnesses, Mamadbokirov was assassinated and martyred by a sniper on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
Martyr Mamadbokir Mamadbokirov was one of the field commanders of the Badakhshan Shiites during the five-year Tajik civil war (1992-1997), who served as a commander on the Tajikistan’s borders after the peace.
In 2012, a son and a son-in-law of Martyr Mamadbokirov were martyred. Also a few years ago, Martyr Sabzali Mohammad Reza, a Shiite cleric and comrades of Martyr Mamadbokirov, was martyred in a very horrific way.
As protests against the central government of Tajikistan intensified in recent years, Mamadbokirov, as one of the popular leaders of the protests, followed the demands of the people from the government.
Last week, protests in Khorog, the capital of Tajikistan’s Badakhshan province, were suppressed, in which more than 40 people are said to have been killed, nearly 100 injured and 30 detained.
The demands of the people in these demonstrations were the “release of political prisoners, including Messrs. Amroddin Alawatshahov and Chaharshanbehov”, “dismissal of the governor of Badakhshan and the mayor of Khorog”, “providing the security of influential Badakhshani figures abroad”, and “prosecution of the murderers of Golbuddin Ziabakov”.
Golbuddin Ziabakov, a popular Ismaili Shia figure and a young Badakhshan leader, was martyred by Tajik security forces on November 25, 2021. After the incident, the people of Badakhshan staged large demonstrations that were unprecedented in the last thirty years.
Also, “providing the security of influential Badakhshani figures abroad” is demanded because the Tajik government kidnaps or extradites its dissidents from other countries, especially Russia and imprisons them. Messrs. Amroddin Alawatshahov and Chaharshanbehov were brought to Tajikistan as described and are currently serving their prison sentences. The martyr Hojat al-Islam Sayed Ghiamoddin Ghazi was similarly extradited from Russia, and in May 2019 was martyred horrifically in prison.
It is worth mentioning that since the end of Tajikistan’s five-year civil war, the Gorno-Badakhshan region has been tense. In 1991, with the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Tajikistan gained independence, and shortly afterwards a civil war broke out in the country.