Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, September 24th, 2021

Afghan Soldiers Have Public Support

Having assumed full responsibility for national security in December 2014, the Afghan forces have displayed great commitment to the nation and the constitution through making immense sacrifice, thereby earning unprecedented public support and trust. Afghan soldiers make sacrifices with honor to safeguard not only the lives of ordinary people but also decades of hard-won achievements.
With the establishment of democratic administration, peace has been the highest national priority and Afghan officials sought tirelessly to get warring factions to join peace process and stop violence and bloodshed. However, the Taliban have persisted in their indiscriminate killings and spilling the blood of combatants and non-combatants alike for the last couple of decades. Despite signing peace agreement with the United States on February 29, 2020 and sitting at the negotiating table with the Afghan republic team, the Taliban still shed the blood of Afghan men, women, and children. The Taliban have turned down the public demands for reduction of violence and declaration of ceasefire, and kill the people to gain power. 
The bravery of Afghan soldiers is beyond doubt despite undergoing casualties. “They are resilient in the face of adversity, and they have made constant improvements in efficiently and effectively coordinating and building systems of leadership and management,” Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani said few years back. He believed that the range of organized forms and techniques of violence today drew on previous waves of violence throughout history – anarchism, anti-colonialism, terrorism of the 1960’s and 70s, and violent ethnic and identity movements of the 1980’s and 90s. 
It is believed that Afghan soldiers are the bravest people on the surface of earth. The US and NATO allies are pulling their troops after two decades of investing blood and treasure, Afghan soldiers and commandos are fighting face-to-face with the Taliban insurgents and sustaining heavy casualties on the Taliban fighters. It goes without saying that the Taliban are sustaining the heaviest casualties more than ever before. They are killed as hundreds and thousands. To the people’s unmitigated chagrin, the sources of the Taliban never dry up.
It is self-explanatory that democracy is not gained without sacrifices. If we consider the democratic societies, people sacrificed their lives and blood to ensure democracy for their nation. Similarly, Afghan people need to devote their lives so as to invest for gaining democracy. It is hoped that the precious lives and blood of our soldiers will not go in vain rather they will ensure peace and stability for the nation, if not now, in the future. Whenever negotiations are proved abortive, blood will be the only remedy to protect the rights and dignity of a nation. Our selfless soldiers, who sacrifice their lives for protecting their nation and country, are not dead. They are alive in national memory and are considered national heroes since they play heroic role.
Afghan soldiers have the strong support of the people. The public mobilization against the Taliban indicates that people support the government as well as Afghan soldiers and show strong hatred against the Taliban and their radical ideology. People have tragic experience about the Taliban regime (1994-2001) and the bloody images haunt ordinary Afghan with the topic of the Taliban’s return.
The Taliban should understand that Afghan soldiers are the children of the people. They are not coming from outside. Soldiers practice Islam. They offer prayer and keep fast. With this in mind, in addition to Afghan clerics, a number of clerics from different Islamic countries have pointed out on several occasions that the war in Afghanistan has no religious justification and is against the Islamic tenets. Therefore, it is also an obligation on people to stand with them against the common enemies such as the Taliban and their affiliates.  With public mobilization, the Taliban have to understand that the people want neither the Taliban’s system nor their ideology. Therefore, imposing a system with the barrel of gun is not possible or acceptable. Military action is not a solution to the Afghanistan’s issues. The Taliban have to be pressed to resume talks and stop violence and bloodshed.  Ordinary Afghans show strong emotional ties with the Afghan soldiers, who are seeking to safeguard the lives of people. On the contrary, the Taliban – who collect money from the people without rendering services and shedding the blood of their children (Afghan soldiers) – are treated as public pariahs in the community. If the Taliban persist in shedding the blood of Afghan soldiers and civilians, it is believed that the public mobilization will extend in every province. The Taliban militants should understand that their persistence on military action will have horrible consequences.