Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, August 8th, 2020

Security at Risk

It is a matter of much concern to mention that there have been major reports of two suicide bombings and a rocket attack on Wednesday, June 14, 2011. The first suicide attack, carried out by a car driver, targeted the education and agriculture offices in the capital of Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul. This attack, according to the interior ministry, devoured the lives of five civilians and two policemen and injured one policeman and three civilians.

ZabiullahMujahid, the Taliban Spokesman claimed that the attack was meant to target the French Ambassador to Afghanistan, who was supposed to visit governor office at that time. The second suicide attack, supposed to harm the district chief's office, took the lives of four civilians in the Paktia province. While the rocket attack was meant to target the second Vice President, KarimKhalili, and Interior Minister, BismillahMuhammadi, who were visiting a police training center in ChakiWardak district of Wardak Province, west of Kabul. Fortunately no one was harmed as a result of the attack.

These attacks are really matters of great concern. Taliban, with growing intensity in their summer assaults and emphasis on their modern technique of high profile target killing, are turning to be greatly dangerous. The seriousness of these attacks must be gauged in perspective of their supposed targets and their closeness to the capital – Kabul. If officials of such high ranking do not seem to be secure, what can be said about the security of the common people in the country? Further, if such personalities are targeted, it may take a generation to fill the vacuum that may appear as a result. Moreover, if the incidents keep on happening so near to the neighborhood of the capital, it would be difficult for the people to believe the claims of the government and security officials about the security of their country.

It must not be forgotten that the civilians keep on being victimized. According to a report by United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan(UNAMA), 368 civilians have been targeted in May 2011 and already, last year – 2010 has been considered as the deadliest year for civilian casualties since 2001. This fact points at the uncertainty prevailing in the country regarding the security measures. Add to it the uncertainty in our administrative, economic and political setups and the decision of the US-led foreign troops regarding their withdrawal. We really need to be very serious about the objective conditions in our country and must take necessary measures to challenge them.