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Taliban Doesn’t Care about Lives of Civilians: ONSC Spokesman

Following a peace pact signed between the United States and the Taliban as well as the release of the group’s prisoners, a reduction in hostilities was expected; however, the country sees surge in the insurgents’ attacks, inflicting heavy casualties to civilians.

Moqadas Hashimi
14 Jun 2020

Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the Office of National Security Council (ONSC) said in a recent tweet that the armed Taliban continued violence during and after the Eid al-Fitr days, as they have killed 89 civilians and injured 150 others within the last two weeks.

The insurgent group continued violence against civilians, inflicting heavy casualties to them in 29 provinces, said Mr. Faisal, adding that they don’t care about the lives of civilians and, in fact, violate the laws of war.

The Taliban group, nevertheless, issued a denial to the claims that the it has killed 89 civilians and injured more than a hundred civilians in the past two weeks.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), meanwhile, urged the parties involved in the running war of the country to stop violence against civilians.

Zabihullah Farhang, a spokesman for the AIHRC, said the protection of civilians is the responsibility of all parties to the current conflict in the country; whereas, violence against them breaches the war laws and principles and is considered as war crime, he added.

Referring to the Afghan peace negotiations, Mr. Farhang further added that civilians will again be the victims of the current war in Afghanistan unless there is a ceasefire.

Rahimullah Jami, a civil rights activist, similarly, was confident that directing attacks against civilians were acts against war laws and principles. This would led to Afghans’ mistrust of the peace talks, he added.

Every year, the war-torn Afghanistan sees hundreds of people losing their lives in clashes, air drones, suicide bombings and/or any other kinds of attacks, with the Afghan government and the Taliban accusing each other for being behind civilian casualties.

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