By: Suraya Raiszada
With increasing the COVID19 outbreak in Afghanistan and other countries of the world and region, a number of residents of provinces are calling the Taliban group to stop violence in order to fight COVID19 together in the country. Residents of Herat, Ghor, Ghzni, Urzgan, Kandahar, Samangan, Panjshir, Daikundi and Nangarhar have called on the Taliban group to end the ongoing violence in the country in order to fight the COVID19 in the country, hoping Taliban will accept the demand and let health workers to their control areas. This comes after Taliban has announced that they’re ready to implement ceasefire and let health workers to their control areas if any positive cases for COVID19 are confirmed. Ghazni is among provinces suffering from continued violence in the country as a number of its districts are still being threatened by Taliban fighters. Residents of Ghazni’s insecure districts have called on the Taliban group to permanently end the ongoing war in their districts as continued war and violence have taken most of lives of their guardians and elders who were making a living for their families. “We want from the Taliban to stop violence as soon as possible as we don’t want our children to be harmed and suffered; on the other hand, Taliban should make effort to prevent from coronavirus outbreak in the country,” said Ali Raza, a resident of Ghazni’s Andar district. He stressed that as an Afghan he would welcome any steps taken for ending the permanent war in the country. Meanwhile, a number of residents of Ghor in the country’s west asked all armed groups in particular the Taliban to permanently stop was and reduce violence in the country as the people have suffered from continued war and violence in the country for the past 40 years “I want from the Taliban group to end violence in the country as it is time for unity and solidarity and to show the people in the world that Afghans are still brothers and work shoulder to shoulder in very critical situation,” said Nasir Sekandari, a member of a civil society in Ghor. This comes after the United Nations asked all sides to the conflict for worldwide ceasefire so that all people in the world give hands and go to fight coronavirus across the world. The southern Kandahar province facing with threats posed by armed Taliban fighters is currently facing with threat of coronavirus as its residents have taken necessary preparations for prevention of the coronavirus outbreak. Residents of Kandahar have also asked the Taliban to end the ongoing war and join peace process.
“Ending the continued war and maintaining permanent peace is the demand of all people of Afghanistan in particular residents of Kandahar as peace brings prosperity to the people and health teams can better serve the people on these days,” said Janat Gul, a resident of Kandahar’s Spin Boldak district He added that the people would not witness catastrophe if armed Taliban group stop violence and help counter coronavirus outbreak in the country. Meanwhile, people in Herat, Urzgan and Badakhshan provinces have also called on the Taliban to permanently end the ongoing war in the country as coronavirus is threatening the lives of thousands of people in the province. It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Public Health early on Saturday reported 18 new cases of the coronavirus in seven provinces, bringing the total to 299 cases since February 24. The new cases were from 85 samples tested in the last 24 hours, according to the ministry, including 11 cases in Kabul, two in Samangan, one in Balkh, one in Kunduz, one in Faryab, one in Ghazni and one in Logar. Herat has the highest number of cases with 206 while Kabul is in second place with 43 cases.