By: Suraya Raiszada
Following ending the Reduction in Violence week in Afghanistan, the country’s Independent Human Rights Commission declared in a report that 36 people including 22 ANDSF personnel and 14 civilians have been killed, while 65 others including 23 military personnel and 42 civilians wounded during the week of Reduction in Violence (RiV) in the country, showing 28 percent reduction in civilian casualties comparing to previous week. Based on the report, during the week of RiV, Balkh, Faryab, Samangan, Baghlan, Ghor, Urzgan, Farah, Zabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Nangarhar, Laghman, Badghis and Kapisa have witnessed various security incidents.
According to AIHRC report, Taliban have launched armed attacks, mine explosion, fired rockets, killed and arrested individuals in 16 provinces of the country during the week of Reduction in Violence. Most of incidents occurred during the second and third day of the RiV week in the country.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in its report also said that five Taliban fighters have been also killed during various security incidents in the country.
The commission stressed that although the people of Afghanistan have welcomed the week of Reduction in Violence, highways and general roads have not been that much safe during the respective week.
The commission also stated that it has not registered any security incident showing involvement of international forces during the RiV week, adding that a number of Taliban’s acts followed by the group during the RiV week have been considered as clear violation of international humanitarian rights.
Both Afghanistan and US have been happy of execution of the plan for reduction in violence in the country. Following ending the RiV week, peace agreement has been officially signed between US and Taliban in Doha, capital city of Qatar. The agreement has now opened route for starting the intra-Afghan dialogue and paved the way for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the issue of reduction in violence is praised and supported inside and outside of the country as our people are now optimistic and hopeful that they will finally reach peace in their country.
Afghan political experts believe that the people have now realized that Taliban fighters have been also tired of fighting; therefore, they also want peace and ending the continued war in the country.
“The report in connection with reduction in civilian casualties is considered as good news for ending conflicts in Afghanistan as civilians have been always victim of the continued war in the country,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan political expert.
He considered ending the continued war and acceleration of peace process as one of mechanisms that can result in protection of civilians, stressing that all sides to the conflict should avoid harming civilians during clashes and operations.
According to Afghan political experts, Afghanistan government should make effort to speed up peace negotiations process with those who are willing to end the continued war and accept the country’s constitution. This can help prevent from civilian casualties.