Taliban should prove will for peace

The Office of the National Security Council said on Monday that Taliban had carried out 422 “terrorist activities” in 32 provinces last week,” martyring 291 government troops and wounding 550 others.”

While Afghans looking for start of the intra-Afghan talks and reduction in violence in the country, the National Security Council has accused the Taliban of escalating violence, saying last week was the deadliest week in 19 years of war.

“The past week was the deadliest of the past 19 years. Taliban carried out 422 attacks in 32 provinces, martyring 291 ANDSF members and wounding 550 others. Taliban’s commitment to reduce violence is meaningless, and their actions inconsistent with their rhetoric on peace,” said ONSC spokesman.

Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday in a tweet condemned the attack against Attorney General Office’s lawyers who were killed yesterday in an armed attack by unknown gunmen.

“This attack underscores what we all know: Spoilers (both domestic and foreign) are trying to disrupt and delay,” Khalilzad tweeted.

The Afghan people have been exceedingly appealed Taliban to announce ceasefire and put an end to the senseless conflicts in the country. In order to escape from actual peace demand, Taliban proposed the “violence reduction plan” during their talks with US and this ways they could successfully deviated the public opinion from ceasefire to the violence reduction plan and signed their peace deal with the US administration in Doha.

But contrary to what have been committed during the talks with US, the Taliban continued their attacks against Afghan forces and even sparing no efforts to disrupt the peaceful life of the innocent civilians in the major cities through carrying IED and suicide attacks.

The Afghan government has always emphasized on an Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process that has not been realized yet. Announcement of a one-week reduction in violence by Taliban amid signing a withdrawal agreement with the United States means nothing for the Afghans; they may reduce the violence in Kabul and main cities of Afghanistan and increase their attacks in the other areas that they will continue their operations.

Taliban should know that such brutal attacks and targeting of the Afghan forces won’t bring them the desired result, rather would further fuel war and they would be blamed for its consequences. With their increasing militancy, the group couldn’t even capture a single city, rather Afghan people hating them more than before.

To sincerely show their will for peace and stability of the war-torn country and to avoid further interreferences of the foreigners, the Taliban should give up war and pave the way for intra-Afghan talks. If they are truly concerned about people and the country, then it is of immense important for them to shun violence and join hand with the Afghan government in development of the country.

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