KABUL (SW) – Parallel to the ongoing talks in Doha, fighting, suicide attacks and blast have intensified in different parts of the country causing troubling civilian casualties.
A number of civilians including women and children got killed or wounded in attacks such as the one at the Pul-e-Mehmood Khan of Kabul, in Ghazni and Logar provinces.
In conversation with Salam Watandar, Zafar Khan, Mena Mangal and Zubair, who got injured in the last week’s attack in Kabul, stressed an immediate ceasefire should be announced followed by comprehensive peace talks.
In Ghazni, at least 14 people were killed and 180 more wounded when an NDS facility in the Shamir Qala was targeted in a Taliban-claimed suicide car bombing earlier this week. An overwhelming majority of the victims were children from a nearby school.
A local Ghazni resident, Shabnam, said the growing unrest has spread fears and unrest among the Ghazni residents. Shabnam said after losing a number of family members, she has now decided to sell-off whatever they have, and leave the country for good.
Since an overwhelming majority of the victims in the latest attacks were children, the Ministry of Education, vowed to have ensured additional measures for security. Noorya Nuzhat, spokesperson for the MoE, said efforts are underway to move away schools from military installations.
The raging war is believed to have inflicted crippling psychological impacts on old and young alike. Psychologist, Julia Mirzaey, said in this connection that a traumatized child cannot grow and learn properly.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CE Abdullah Abdullah has dubbed the Taliban’s mounting assaults as an attempt to seek upper hand in the proposed peace talks.