By: Suraya Raiszada
Increasing innocent civilian casualties has recently raised serious concerns of the people and government of Afghanistan. Although the government of Afghanistan has made efforts to prevent from civilian casualties in the country, innocent civilians are still considered as real victims of clashes between ANDSF and Taliban in the country.
In a recent incident, a number of our countrymen have been killed and wounded in a military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in Logar, causing reactions of a number of government officials and people.
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in his recent remarks expressed his concern over an uptick in civilian casualties in the country. Regarding civilian casualties in Logar province, the country’s chief executive has said the incident would be seriously investigated and perpetrators of the incident would be punished.
Civil society organizations and representative of people in parliament in their interviews with The Kabul Times correspondent consider acceleration of peace talks and creation of necessary pressures on countries supporting terrorism as effective for prevention of civilian casualties in the country.
A Kabul University lecturer Najib Mahmoud while expressing concern over increasing of civilian casualties in the country say unfortunately fighting is still ongoing in Afghanistan particularly in the most-populated areas where civilians are used as shield, resulting in increasing of casualties among civilians.
“One of the issues that has harmed mostly innocent civilians is that all parties to the conflict do not pay attention to the war laws. In the meantime, presence of various insurgent groups in various parts of the country has resulted in increasing of civilian casualties in the country,” Mahmoud said, adding that the only mechanism that can help reduce civilian casualties in the country is that UN, NATO member countries and other allies of Afghanistan should give hands to counter terrorism, creation of peaceful environment for Afghans and exerting further pressures on countries that are supporting terrorism.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Civil Society Organization by considering protection of lives of civilians as responsibility of Afghanistan government said the government of Afghanistan should put protection of civilians in top working priorities.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has also expressed concern over increasing of civilian casualties in the country and asked all parties to the conflict not to use civilians as shield and political goals, stressing that all parties to the conflict should observe human laws to protect civilians in their clashes.
Meanwhile, a number of political experts have also expressed concern over increasing civilian casualties during military operations as well as active fighting, considering acceleration of peace process and ending the ongoing war as ways for prevention of civilian casualties in the country. They said that the government of Afghanistan should make further effort to accelerate peace process with those who were ready to accept the country’s constitution and would like to end the ongoing war in the country to put end civilian casualties.