Battling scourge of militancy

Battling scourge of militancy

Battling scourge of militancy
Despite repeated assurance by the unity government, hopes for peace in Afghanistan have dimmed as the Taleban-led insurgents continued their reign of terror, now even targeting civilians in the capital of Kabul.
“I am not sure if lasting peace would return to Afghanistan in my lifetime or if my children and grandchildren would ever enjoy peace,” said Mohammad Khan, a 35-year-old Kabul resident.
At least three suicide car bombs struck Kabul over the past 10 days which had left nearly a dozen people, mostly civilians, dead and 40 others injured. On Saturday, a bomb blast killed a person and injured two others in the eastern Nangarhar province.
The casualties of the barbaric suicide bombings are mostly innocent civilians, including women and children.
Among those who have lost their lives in the deadly suicide bombings in Kabul over the past couple of weeks were an 18-year- old female university student, a guard of a company, and a taxi driver, the only bread-earner in his family.
The war-torn Afghanistan has witnessed more than three decades of bloody conflicts which begun with an invasion by the former Soviet Union in 1979. When the US-led coalition invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taleban in late 2001, there was a ray of hope for Afghans that peace would finally settle in their troubled country. The post-Taleban Afghanistan backed by the international community has made tremendous achievements in all fields over the past 13 years. However, the militancy that was never rooted out has hindered the progress in many sectors and dampened hope for a lasting peace.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of this year jumped 24 percent against the same period last year, said a report of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released here in July. According to UNAMA, for the six-month period, it has documented 4,853 casualties, including 1,564 dead and 3,289 injured.
Although the government has promised to ensure security in the country, the Afghans are doubtful that Kabul can really rein in the Taleban insurgents who seem to be more aggressive in their attacks.
Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dustam vowed on Wednesday to “diminish” the Taleban militants and restore peace and stability across the country. One observer said the Afghan government must match its strong words with equally strong actions to finally wipe out the insurgency that has ruined the people’s lives in a once beautiful and peaceful country.
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