Taliban turning deaf ears to public demands

Amid intensified efforts for peace since beginning of the 2020 and signing of peace deal between the US and Taliban, the year 2020 has been with a myriad of challenges for Afghan people. Afghan civilians still bearing the brunt of violence and conflict and Afghan soldiers also sustaining casualties for ensuring peace. Neither the US and Taliban agreement nor the intra-Afghan talks resulted to decreasing violence in the country.
Amid national and international calls on Taliban for shunning violence, the US and the Taliban once again agreed to re-set actions by strictly adhering to implementation of all elements of their Feb 29 agreement and all commitments made, special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Thursday.
The US Special Representative on his tweeter handler wrote: “Following several meetings General Miller and I had with the Taliban, we agreed to re-set actions by strictly adhering to implementation of all elements of the US-Taliban Agreement and all commitments made.” He added: “This means reduced numbers of operations. At present too many Afghans are dying. With the re-set, we expect that number to drop signify.”
The agreement comes as UNAMA recently in a statement said that the increase of violence “only heaps further hardship and misery on ordinary Afghans and undermines efforts for progress and building bridges between parties at the historic Afghanistan peace talks in Doha.”
UNAMA also said that the violence “unleashed in Helmand last week has forced thousands of Afghanistan civilians to leave their homes and initial reports suggest civilians have been killed and injured, including women and children.” Civilians have borne the brunt of Afghanistan’s conflict, the message said, adding that “the number of civilians killed and injured —a key indicator of the intensity of violence— has so far been lower in 2020, but in recent weeks a worrying reversal seems to be emerging.”
Despite of commitments for reduction in violence, the Taliban militants continued to target Afghan masses and security forces in each and every corner of the country. While their leaders enjoying luxury lives in Doha, Taliban fighters continued their bloodshed campaign against Afghan Muslim nation.
With the beginning of each year, Afghans hope that peace talks will bear the desired result, which would lead to the establishment of peace and stability, however their hope is shattered with the Taliban’s relentless refusal to talk with Afghan government and insatiable desire for spilling the blood of both combatants and non-combatants, including women and children.
Afghans’ pain and sufferings were not mitigated with US-Taliban agreement, since militancy continued unabated and human fatalities are really high. Although Afghan men and women as well as clerics called on the Taliban to reduce violence, but the Taliban turned a deaf ear to the public demands.
Afghans believe that the Taliban continue a proxy war and are unlikely to reduce violence unless their supporters and organizers agree. With the growing hatred against the Taliban, Afghans are ready to pay sacrifices so that their rights and freedoms were not compromised at the negotiating table and the republicanism would not be replaced by the Taliban’s “Islamic Emirate”.
Article 149 of Afghan Constitution says that: “The principles of adherence to the tenets of the Holy religion of Islam as well as Islamic Republicanism shall not be amended. Amending fundamental rights of the people shall be permitted only to improve them.”

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