Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Ramadan: Month of Peace and Blessing or Month of Violence and Atrocity?

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Ramadan: Month of Peace and Blessing or  Month of Violence and Atrocity?

According to Islamic teachings, the holy month of Ramadan is the month of blessings, forgiveness, kindness, brotherhood and love of humanity. Getting closer to Eid-Ul-Fiter it becomes more preponderant to Muslim people to show more generosity and sympathy to their poor brothers, sisters and community. Eid Ul Fiter which is the symbol of success against personal egoism and internal evil it becomes obligatory on every individual to pay Zakat-Ul-Fiter (religious tax) to poor people, especially orphans, disabled, widowed and underprivileged class of society. On contrary to all these teachings and values, the terrorists groups show more brutality and atrocity within the month of holy Ramadan.
Taliban and the so-called IS militants sparing no efforts to shed the bloods of our innocent people during the holy month, especially in the last week of holy month of Ramadan. The latest explosion in the month of Ramadan took place today (Monday) in Kabul’s Darul Aman road at about 1:30 pm local time; it targeted a bus, carrying employees of the Independent administrative reform and civil service commission. According to Tolow news quoted from Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for Ministry of Public Health, the death toll from Kabul explosion rises to five. He said 10 others were wounded in the explosion that targeted employees of Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.
According to security officials, there have been three explosions in the capital, Kabul, including a sticky bomb attached to bus carrying university students that martyred at least one person here yesterday morning. Ferdus Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, has confirmed that two other blasts also hit PD5 in the capital city, injuring dozens of our innocent civilians. Meanwhile, according to spokesman for the public health ministry, at least four women were among the wounded from the bus attack and have been taken to hospitals for further treatments. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Kabul, but both Taliban and Islamic State militants were behind such incidents and have staged attacks in city that resulted to martyring and injuring our civilians.
In general, there has been regular news of violence during holy month of Ramadan across the country. As aforementioned, according to Islamic teaching this is a month of love and peace, but the militants made it a month of violence and bloodshed for innocent Afghan civilians as they are responsible for over 90 percent of casualties. Unfortunately, some of ordinary Afghans who are faithful Muslims have kept silent on such atrocity at the hands of Taliban. If there was an incident with such grave violation of our religious values outside the country, they would have started countrywide protests and demonstrations. But they keep mum in most of the incidents. They are required to raise their voices via mosques and media condemning such attacks by the terrorist outfits.
Besides the violence, there is other abnormality showing extreme hypocrisy in our society. Some traders make an artificial dumping of goods to make the prices double which is against the philosophy of this month. But Taliban have brought sorrow and grief to many families this Ramadan and hundreds of people will not celebrate the Eid, since they have lost their beloved ones across the country. The Continued terror attacks by Taliban and other terror groups in the most sacred month in Islam, have once again established the fact that Islam and human life have no value to these barbarians. Thus, they are more committed to regional intelligence network rather than Islam. The Afghan people, government and its international partners need much to do to eradicate terrorism.
In fact, it is very surprising when a group who are the claimant  of commitment to Islamic values, target school children, women, mosque and other peaceful civilians which is completely in paradox; Yesterday they kidnapped four Afghan peace marchers in southern province of Helmand. They were abducted after entering Taliban-controlled Musa Qala district, travelling 15 kilometres inside the district. The insurgents abducted the four marchers after having fast-breaking meal with the convoy. Those abducted were leader of the march, Iqbal Kyber, its spokesman Bismillah Watandost and provincial leaders Sarwar Ghafari and Haji Farhad Adil.
Alternatively, the terrorist group have also paid heavy price in persisting devastative violence across the country. Within only a month at least 100 anti-government militias were killed during military operations just in northern Balkh province. As media quoted from Gen. Ajmal Fayeez police chief of Balkh, the insurgents have been targeted in various parts of Chamtal, Sholgara, Balkh Chahar Bolak and Balkh districts of the province. 30 vehicles belonged to the terrorists have been destroyed and 130 suspicious accused of different criminal cases were arrested during this time, Fayeez added. Also, 40 heavy and light weapons and 40000 letters alcoholic beverage have been discovered and seized and several narcotic drug factories have been demolished during the military operations and clashes, Fayeez further added.
Thus, more than 100 Taliban militants were killed in an aerial raid of NATO drone in Ghazni province last night reflected in multiple media sources. As quoted from Aref Noori spokesman for Ghazni governor more than 100 Taliban militants were killed in a NATO drone raid in Ghazni province and numerous of weapons were seized by security forces. It is mentionable that four top commanders of Taliban named Haji Asad, Atiqullah, Mullah Khalil and Mullah Sharif were also among the dead.

Mohammad Zahir Akbari is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at mohammadzahirakbari@gmail.com

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