The advent of Ramadan and militancy
The sacred month of Ramadan, which is revered all over the Muslim world would begin on Friday, July 20, with the moon likely to be sighted on Thursday, a noted Afghan astrologist predicted on Sunday. Now that the country is enmeshed in a perpetual state of war, the question is that whether militancy will come to pause. And if not, then it is the worst ever misfortune of the nation that it has been witnessing the war and violence nonstop.
It seems from their deadly activities that the elements behind militancy wouldn’t end their misadventurism of killing innocent Afghans, even in the coming days of the sacred month of the Ramadan. Religious scholars can play their effective role by appealing the Taliban to put a halt to their deadly activities at least during this sacred month, which is a month of blessings and peace. Isn’t it brutality to kill and expedite terror and that too with the advent of the most sacred month—a month which’s sanctity has been testified by the holy Quran as the first revelation came on the prophet of Islam in the last three days of Ramadan? Islam—which literally means surrender and peace teaches the sanctity of Ramada, Muharam and Khana-e-Kaaba but these are the same elements who went to Kaaba and inked peace pacts but violated them just for power clinching that still is going on. It had brought the scourge of the civil war they razed the entire Kabul city to ground, and compelled millions of Afghans to flee from their homeland as refugees. How shameful it is that when this month is coming closer, there deadly activities are going higher and higher. Can they justify this brutal act and if then under which law, for there is no room for violence and terrorism in Islam? If we delve into the incidents of violence that took place during the past week, it will show that the past week has been the deadliest one. For years, it is the most ill-fated civilian populace that has been bearing the brunt of the war and violence as it has been receiving losses from both the sides, from militants and as well as from foreign troops. Though the transfer of power is coming true as many provinces and districts have witnessed power-transfer but despite that many incidents have occurred where foreign troops have been found behind killing of civilians. The entire nation appeals militants to stop their subversive activities and killing Afghans, but looking into the obdurate nature of militants it is quite futile to hope that they would put a full stop to their activities. Moreover, the government should beef up security measures during the fasting month and should not assume that militants would hold off the rein of their ever galloping horse of terrorism.
And if the government remains complacent during the month of Ramadan it would be a great folly and even accomplice because militants never let security lapse to miss a chance. This is why they would definitely try their best to take advantage of security lapse if there is any. Moreover, it is too essential for the government to bring those gone insurgents to table of talks, because without talks with them there is no way out. Therefore, peace talks with Taliban should be given more importance over other activities as the time is running out and if once the foreign troops leave Afghanistan, it will be hard enough the stem the tide of militancy. So there is a burning of bringing them on the table of negotiations.
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