Editorial

Terrorists attack amid peace efforts

Terrorists attacked the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology compound in the center of Kabul on Saturday, interrupting months of relative calm in the city and underlining security threats that have continued despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban.
As U.S. officials have held a series of meetings with representatives of the Taliban, Kabul has been relatively calm. While heavy fighting has carried on across Afghanistan and Taliban militants have announced their now customary spring offensive, it had been several months since the last major attack on civilian targets in the capital.
The attack, just days after a planned meeting between Taliban officials and Afghan politicians and civil society representatives in Qatar was cancelled, underlined the hurdles facing efforts to reach a peace settlement.
Despite of repeated calls for peace in the country, the Taliban did not show tendency towards the process within the past years, as they carried out large-scale attacks on Afghan soil to demonstrate their power and show that they are the winner in the bloody game. They have time and again attached public places and martyred our civilians and the security forces who are shedding their bloods only to save the country from the threats of terrorists.
Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Process Zalmay Khalilzad has expressed disappointment over the postponement of intra-Afghan meeting which was scheduled to be held in Doha on April 20, saying dialogue is and always will be key to a political roadmap and lasting peace.
“There is no alternative. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans. I stand ready to help if our help is needed.”
Refusing Afghans’ proposal for talks and continuing their insurgency against Afghan soldiers and civilians, the Taliban have already ushered in a foul game and the peace talks are unlikely to come to fruition if the group choose war over peace. Taliban’s militancy have already paved the way for other terrorists to find their way and threaten the security of the country.
Terrorists from neighboring countries have either joined Taliban or independently carrying attack on Afghan civilians and the government to achieve their goals of destabilization Afghanistan. Instead of intensifying the violence and bloodshed in the country, Taliban should work hand-in-hand with Afghan government and the international community to make a discernible change in the lives of all Afghans by reaching to a sustainable peace, so they feel the upward lift of economic and social progress as well as to fight the regional terrorists.
While direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have further opened the door for peace in Afghanistan, the success of these talks depend how much the Taliban would be honest to the process and prevent aliens’ interferences on the process.
Meanwhile, the most effective way to deal with terrorist networks is to unite the countries of the region, especially the powerful actors, to take a multilateral approach in their foreign policy cooperating with the war on terror, in order to achieve a credible outcome. Using all means of pressure against terrorist supporting countries, the region can root out the terrorism and establish a safe and secure area benefiting all countries.
Ensuring the integrity and stability of the region, in particular Afghanistan provides a comprehensive development ground for the interests of all regional countries, while war and conflicts will threaten the interests of all nations.

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