In the latest case, the head of the Afghan government’s negotiating team has complained about the continuing violence by the Taliban. In a tweet, Masoom Stanekzai directly accused the Taliban of spreading their attacks more than ever before instead of ending the war and striving for a ceasefire and peace. “It was expected that the Taliban would seriously pursue the path of peace after the holy month of Ramadan and the announcement of the complete withdrawal of international troops from the country,” Masoom Stanekzai, head of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s delegation, wrote in a tweet. “But the Taliban, contrary to popular expectations, resorted to killing more people.”
“The Fatah Mobin is not in killing and fighting, but in the peace of the people,” he said sarcastically to the Taliban, saying the group could never achieve peace through war. By whose order and for what? There is no good in this world and the hereafter, so the Taliban must think responsibly about peace! “Peace is the only way to save the country.”
Stanekzai is complaining about the escalation of Taliban attacks, with the Taliban and the US negotiating team in Qatar trying to agree on a date for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops by July. However, military experts believe that if US troops leave Afghanistan before an Afghan peace agreement is reached, it will once again lead to a crisis and a house of war.
The Taliban have now expanded their attacks to Baghlan, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, and several other provinces. The Taliban have reportedly inflicted heavy casualties on the group and Afghan security forces in various provinces in the past 24 hours. However, it is said that commandos repulsed the Taliban’s attack to overthrow Old Baghlan.
Increase in the number of victims of the car bomb attack in western Kabul
At around 4:27 p.m., on the 26th of Ramadan, the terrorists again mourned and dragged the capital’s inhabitants to dust and blood. The Ministry of Interior says that the explosion of a car bomb in the 13th district of Kabul city caused civilian casualties, especially children’s primary victims. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry told reporters that at least 35 people had been injured in the incident. But sources at the Kabul Police Command, who did not want to be named, said the death toll had risen to 60.
The source told Pasbanan Media Group: “At least 24 people were killed and more than 30 others were injured in the deadly car bomb attack in PD 13 of Kabul. The death toll is likely to rise further, as the incident occurred while students were on leave from the Sayed-ul-Shuhada school. “Most of the victims of this brutal attack are also children and students of this school.”
On the other hand, some reputable media in the country have reported that 20 people have been killed and more than 25 others injured in this bloody incident. The Ministry of Public Health also emphasizes that more than 30 injured people have been transferred to Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in the west of Kabul so far. Officials at the Ministry of Public Health also emphasize that most of the victims are school students.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for this bloody incident. But the increase in terrorist attacks, targeted attacks, and deadly explosions is mainly attributed to Taliban fighters. Security officials have repeatedly stressed that the armed opposition has intensified its attacks on Afghan citizens and the people to achieve its goals, regardless of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, human rights groups have warned of growing escalating violence in Afghanistan, concerning that if the government’s armed opposition does not join the peace process, Afghans will witness a new civil war as the US and allied forces withdraw their military forces from Afghanistan. At the same time, President Ghani earlier said in a recent article for the Foreign Policy newspaper that there is no sign of reaching a feeling of peace with the Taliban, for the first time, the president stated that he would leave the office if he would find that the Taliban group would make a cease-fire and also the group should accept the elections.