The security situation in Afghanistan does not seem to be getting any better. The insurgents, even during the cold weather wherein mostly the situation gets better, have not decreased their activities. There are attacks every now and then in different parts of the country that show that the response to the aggressive US policy has been aggressive as well. Though any lenient policy towards insurgents in Afghanistan is not practical, the current aggressive policy must also be supplemented by meaningful talks. Otherwise, the security situation may not get any better and the current scenario may continue.
In the ongoing wave of insecurity, an attack was carried out on police force members in the heart of Kabul on Thursday, Jan 04. At least 20 people have been killed and 27 others have been wounded in the attack that was a suicide bombing and targeted the security personnel who had gathered in the area for a crackdown on shopkeepers involved in trading illicit substances. While, the Kabul police spokesperson said in a statement, “Kabul police personnel were there to prevent a possible protest when a suicide bomber approached them and detonated his suicide vest.” There have been many attacks in Kabul that have directly targeted the security personnel; meanwhile, in other series of attacks there have been efforts by the insurgents to ignite a sectarian rift. Such attacks have mostly been carried out by Daesh insurgents and have targeted the Shia Hazaras. In such attacks, the different mosques in Hazara dominated areas have been bombed and the people, in general, mostly involved in protests and different sorts of gatherings have been targeted.
Through these attacks the insurgents want to distract the Afghan forces, authorities and people. They want to show that they are still strong and have the capacity to fight, at the same time, they have the ill intentions of starting a civil war in Afghanistan on ethnic and sectarian basis.
It is really vital for Afghan people and authorities not to get distracted as the terrorists and enemies of Afghanistan want. They should be responsible and sensible enough to remain united and face the ongoing challenges with required will and determination. The terrorists want them to be disunited so that they are able to launch their filthy objectives. They want to ignite another civil war so that Afghanistan is not able to come out of instability and chaos; therefore, it is vital to see the traces of the conspiracy that is being built in the country.
It is really unfortunate for Afghanistan that even after so many sacrifices that are given by the country, the prospects of peace and tranquility are not very optimistic. The insecurity seems to be on the rise in different parts of the country and the response of the relevant authorities are not truly effective. It seems the authorities do not have any clear idea about how to tackle the situation and help the country go through this crucial period with triumph, and now the people are being distracted as well, which is making the task even more challenging.
On the other hand, Taliban and Daesh have spread their networks in different provinces and everyday show their presence in some way or the other. Sometimes they target the innocent civilians and at others they target the security personnel. Afghan security forces, on most of the occasions, take actions only after such incidents and calm down the situation temporarily. When the situation seems to be normalized, the insurgents again move forward and make their attacks. In fact, the security forces do not seem to have a proactive approach, which may be because of lack of any clear strategy in the top rankings of the government officials, who, themselves, are involved in their own differences instead of standing united to counter the growing threats of Taliban and Daesh.
If the authorities do not get really serious and determined to solve the security issues, it may start haunting Afghanistan to a great extent and may even undo the achievements that have been acquired in the last 14 years or so. The insurgents will keep on carrying out their activities and terrorize the people of Afghanistan like they are doing now. The current situation clearly highlights the fact that the insurgents are not even inclined towards peace process.
However, before any hopes of acquiring peace and tranquility can be turned into reality, the security forces and government authorities must make sure that they fulfill their responsibilities with determination and untiring efforts. Definitely, Afghan people have given many sacrifices and after so many sacrifices, it is important that Afghanistan should see a future full of peace and tranquility; however, for that to happen it is imperative that Afghan leadership must prove itself capable of designing and following a workable strategy to counter terrorism in true sense.
Daily Outlook Afghanistan, January 6, 2018