Afghanistan

Suicide attacks should be enlisted war crimes

Jan 25, 2018
Few days ago, a group of five suicide attackers entered Intercontinental Hotel, killing and injuring tens of people, mostly civilians.
 
The Taliban claimed responsibility, the barbaric act was mainly aimed at targeting the participants of a technology conference, held by the country’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
 
The country’s security forces, could bravely save the lives of hundreds of civilians at the hotel, where, however many lost lives and as many injured.
 
Such gruesome attacks, would never undermine the decision of the country’s security forces’ professionalism, to hurry for rescuing so many people.
 
The attack was nationally and internationally condemned, with recently the UN and India strongly denouncing the coward incident, expressed deep condolence to the government and the people of Afghanistan, particularly the bereaved families of those lost their lives in the hotel.
 
In a statement from UN, senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General AntŮŽnio Guterres, were quoted to have strongly condemned the attack on the hotel in Kabul.
 
UN Secretary-General Guterres offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
 
Besides strongly flaying the incident, the statement quoted him, as expressing his solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan.
 
Taliban proudly stated that their fighters have targeted Afghan officials and foreign nationals, after entering the hotel.
 
UNAMA head said that it was a moral outrage that the Taliban entered the hotel with the intention killing civilians and added that this was an obligation on all parties to the conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law at all times.
 
“There is simply no justification for this egregious attack, which is specifically prohibited by International Humanitarian Law and may amount to a war crime.”
 
Also, the friendly country of India also denounced the attack and expressed deep condolences to the families of those killed in the attack.
 
In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry of India said: “Reports about the attack having being carried out by the proscribed Haqqani Network were a matter of serious concern.”
 
Indeed, such incidents will critically bring to force the need to effectively deal with the terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries terrorist groups found beyond the country’s border or the shared borders with our neighborhood.
 
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to the security of the people, however restraining such incidents, is difficult.
 
Both the government and the people of Afghanistan want the UN to enlist all terrorist groups, which are sparing no effort to kill innocent civilians and non-battling security forces, as war criminals and impose pressure on the terrorist backing countries to refrain from providing safe haven to the militants, who cross shared borders and enter the country for distractive purposes.
 
The Kabul Times, January 25, 2018

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