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News analyses: Taliban offensives rebuff Afghan peace process

English.news.cn   2014-07-19 19:15:22

by Haleem

KABUL, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants in Afghanistan have intensified activities over the past couple of months amid government efforts to bring the militants into socio-political main stream.

In the latest blatant attacks, a group of Taliban fighters stormed the military section of Kabul International Airport on Thursday, confronting the security forces for about five hours until their death.

Days earlier, militants conducted a suicide car bomb in Urgun district of Paktika province along the border with Pakistan's troubled tribal area killing and injuring more than 200 people, almost all civilians.

Keeping in mind the increasing militancy, Afghan political observers believe that the ongoing Taliban-led offensives virtually is a clear rejection of the government-initiated peaceful efforts to convince militants to give up fighting and join the peace process.

"If Taliban believes in peace, they would have never organized deadly attacks on Urgun bazaar or Kabul airport. Their relentless attacks on people and government facilities clearly demonstrate their opposition to peace talks and national reconciliation," a political analyst and journalist, Khan Mohammad Daneshjo told Xinhua.

Daneshjo, editor-in-chief of the weekly ABADI, was of the view that the Taliban militants are eyeing on the withdrawal of NATO- led forces from Afghanistan, saying the militants, parallel to the gradual drawdown of the foreign troops have intensified their activities to terrorize the people and grab more grounds.

In the brazen attack on the military section of Kabul airport on Thursday for which Taliban had accepted responsibility and claimed inflicting huge life and property damages to the airport, a claim spurned by officials as mere propaganda.

According to the security officials, all the five attackers had been killed in the firefight lasted for around five hours.

The suicide car-bombing in Urgun bazaar of Paktika province on last Tuesday, according to officials, left 41 civilians dead and injured 46 others.

Locals said nearly 100 civilians had been killed and more than 100 others injured in the bloody blast.

"Taliban outfit believes in military victory instead of in peace dialogue," the analyst maintained, saying their massive offensive on several districts in Helmand province in June, killing civilians in Urgun and firing rockets on Kabul and so many more attacks on public and private assets speak of their push for war.

Afghan government has been desperately endeavoring to make peace with the Taliban militants over the past a few years, but all in vain, as no leading Taliban commander has joined the government, according to the observer.

Rejecting any peace talks, offered by the government, the armed Taliban outfit categorically stated there will be no talks in the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan.

To encourage Taliban outfit for talks and bolster the government-initiated peace dialogue, the government has set free hundreds of Taliban detainees from jail.

The one-sided peace efforts initiated by the Afghan administration have been criticized by observers.

Even president Hamid Karzai's first vice president, Mohammad Yunus Qanooni during visit of the victims of Taliban attack at a hospital in Kabul on Friday lashed at government's policy towards Taliban, saying that the "released Taliban commanders have returned to insurgency and contributed to rising insecurities in the country."

Couple of weeks ago, Afghan defense minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi told parliamentarians that the Taliban militants including Mullah Sadar who had been freed from prison had led the war in Helmand province, where more than 300 people had been killed and injured.

Taliban outfit in its statements sent to media has frequently refused negotiation with the government, stating no talks will be held in the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan.

"In addition to targeting government facilities, the Taliban killed former chairman of the government-backed High Peace Council, Burhanudin Rabbani in his Kabul residence two years ago, and conducted suicide attack against the senior official of the High Peace Council, Masoum Stanikzai weeks ago in Kabul, which have made the outlook of peace process bleak," the analyst Daneshjo said, adding with this perspective the Afghan peace efforts would hit snag.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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