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Civilians must never be a target

Afghan people and the government as well as the international community have been concerned about the civilian casualties in Afghanistan, inflicted by the Taliban militants within almost two decades.

Although the Afghan government and common masses have repeatedly called on the Taliban militants on multiple occasions to reduce violence, the Taliban and other militants continued their deadly attacks in different provinces and even have targeted many civilians with their IED attacks.

Recently, two employees of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) were killed in an IED explosion that targeted their vehicle in Kabul on Saturday, the commission confirmed. One of the victims was a woman who was serving as a legal adviser to the commission. Another victim was a driver.

Taliban denied their involvement in the blasts, but Afghan government and people blame the group for paving the ground to other terrorists to carry out deadly attacks and disrupt the peaceful life of the people.

Besides EU, NATO, Afghan politicians, the US peace envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Twitter also condemned the attack on the human rights workers, saying the targeted killing of two Afghans dedicated to the cause of fundamental human rights, is an anti-human act. The

UNAMA also said “there can be no justification for attacks against human rights defenders” and an immediate investigation is needed “with perpetrators held to account.”

If Taliban truly concerned about civilian casualties in the country, then the group is required to accept Afghan people’s call for peace and pave the way for intra-Afghan talks to end the ongoing bloodshed in the country.

The Taliban and US deal would not mitigate violence and conflict in the country, unless the group give up war and agree for ceasefire and lasting peace in the country. Ceasefire is debated hotly at the negotiating table and the Taliban have to accept it if they care about civilian casualties.

Targeting civilians is a war crime and has no rational or religious justification. Such acts simply unfold the brutality and irrationality of the militant fighters. It further indicates that those militant groups, which claim to fight for religion, lack the very basic knowledge of religion.

In international law, all parties to the conflict are prohibited from deliberate attacks carried out against civilians; by definition these are war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. There is no justification whatsoever for any party to the conflict to attack civilians; they must never be a target.

The surge in militancy shows the Taliban are still playing a foul game as they, on the one hand, negotiate for peace and, on the other hand, intensify their attacks in different provinces of the country.

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