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2016-05-13 09:08:09

A bold step: Afghan Govt to take the bull by horns

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Afghan officials hanged six Taliban inmates as a part of a crackdown following a Kabul attack last month that left 64 people dead. The condemned, which included two Taliban members accused of killings of two senior government officials, “perpetrated grave crimes against civilians and public security,” the presidential palace said Sunday. One inmate staged a suicide attack on President Burhanuddin Rabbani in 2011 while a second prisoner was involved in the 2009 assassination of Abdullah Laghmani, the deputy chief of the Afghan National Directorate of Security. The executions follow last month’s suicide bombing in Kabul, in which President Ashraf Ghani vowed a tougher response to insurgent attacks. President Ghani had promised to deal harshly with the insurgents after the negotiations with the Taliban did not bear any fruit. During the recent Pakistan-brokered talks, Afghan officials and the Taliban were unable to reach any consensus. Moreover, the Afghan government was irked by the continued violence even during the peace negotiations. They were of the opinion that talks and violence cannot go ahead together. Among those executed were two Taliban members who were involved in the executions of senior Afghan officials. One of them facilitated a 2011 suicide attack on Burhanuddin Rabbani, who served as country’s temporary president after the US forces helped topple the Taliban government. The other inmate was involved in 2009 assassination of the deputy chief of the Afghan National Directorate of Security, Abdullah Laghmani. The toughening of stance from the Afghan government is the right move, as it cannot afford to succumb in the wake of widespread violence in the country. Government should take a systematic approach to the issue rather than an all-out offensive on the battlefield. It should maintain a harsh stance on the violence but should try the criminals under due process of law. Pakistan has been at the forefront of negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban representatives. Since taking office, the Afghan president has cooperated with the Pakistan government and taken measures to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. Pakistan should maintain its stance for a peace process through negotiations and should not support any insurgency in the neighbouring country. Even in the past, fingers have been raised towards Pakistan for allegedly funding and supporting the Taliban. President Ghani had also expressed his reservations regarding the links of Taliban in Pakistan. A recent meeting of the Taliban representatives with Pakistan’s government officials had irked the Afghan government. Pakistan government should take the Afghan government on board before taking any step, and support the Afghan government in all its efforts to bring peace to the war-ravaged country. 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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