By: Suraya Raiszada
As preparations for coming Istanbul conference between Afghanistan government and Taliban group are underway, Taliban has intensified their attacks in different provinces of the country as violence has reached to 19 provinces in the past one week.
Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD) has said that 19 provinces of the country have witnessed clashes between Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and Taliban fighters during the past one week. Herat, Uruzgan, Helmand, Kunduz, Ghazni, Ghor, Kandahar, Nimroz, Zabul, Balkh, Logar, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Samangan, Sar-e-Pul and Badghis provinces have witnesses serious fighting between ANDSF and Taliban fighters in the past one week, according to ministry of defense.
The ministry has said that more than 349 Taliban fighters have been killed and 120 others wounded during clashes with ANDSF in the respective provinces.
Taliban has also informed of their attacks in a number of districts of Kabul, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Jawzjan, Maidan Wardak, Nooristan, Takhar, Faryab, Laghman, Kunar and Parwan. On the other hand, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in its weekly report by expressing concern over increasing civilian casualties has said that 39 innocent civilians have been killed and 40 others wounded during the past one week across the country.
The commission has stated that four women and eight children have been among those killed in the past one week in Afghanistan, adding that this number of civilians have been killed in Farah, Parwan, Nangarhar and Kandahar as result of magnetic mines, IED blasts and armed attack. The commission has blamed Taliban and unidentified individuals for the attacks on civilians in the country in the past one week.
The country’s human rights commission has asked all sides to the ongoing conflict to prefer peace negotiations to address the current disputes in the country as fighting brings nothing except destruction and killing.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Ministry of Interior (MoI) in its monthly report has said that 90 innocent civilians including women and children have been killed and 216 other wounded in the past one week across the country. The ministry has blamed the Taliban for the casualties, saying that their crimes are not acceptable.
On the other hand, increasing violence has raised concerns of Afghan lawmakers. A number of Afghanistan lawmakers have said that Taliban has increased their attacks on various provinces of the country since preparations started for the coming Istanbul conference.
“Taliban have recently conducted large-scale attacks on Ghazni province, while the people are facing with various problems in the province,” said Shah Gul Rezayee, a representative of Ghazni people in parliament. She asked the country’s defense and security organs to pay serious attention to overall security of the whole country particularly Ghazni.
This comes amid of preparations for coming Istanbul conference between Afghanistan government and Taliban. Afghanistan government has shown readiness to participate in the conference, while Taliban refused to do so. On the other hand, Turkish foreign ministry has announced that the conference has been once again delayed and set to be held after Eid.