Insecurity and bloodshed had made Afghanistan home as there is no end in sight to the ongoing violence. There is no denying to the heart-wrenching fact that militancy is supported openly by some foreign spy agencies to pursue their nefarious goals—no matter what it costs. However, the Afghan leaders are clueless on how to deter the militants and their foreign lords. Seemingly, Afghan policymakers are pursuing the policy of “carrots” only. That’s why when one sits to start counting problems which pushed deep the war-hit nation into the chasm of miseries, the list gains length within no time. Rapidly growing insecurity, deep-rooted corruption, trembling economy, increasing unemployment, poor healthcare and education services, injustice, and violence against women and children are the challenges which overshadowed future prospects of the country. The sole reason is our leaders approach.
There were numerous incidents that should have been taken as a wakeup call by the authorities and prod them to devise conclusive counter-militancy strategies. Use of extreme force serves as integral part of such policies when diplomacy fails because national interests are more sacred than a few individuals who serve foreign countries and set their own motherland on fire.
Friday’s suicide attack in Shah Shaheed area is a reminder that militant groups, controlled by neighbors, would neither surrender, nor respect public lives and nor shun violence even when at the table of talks. Though, the statements about casualties are conflicting but the health ministry said that 400 people including children and women were injured. A day earlier, six people were killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide attack in Logar province.
Despite the differences between the Taliban’s leaders over the top slot, there is no sign of relief for Afghans as they are still killed and injured on daily basis. In this strategic game, foreign spy agencies would not let the Afghan government to bring peace and stability, easily or with little cost. Therefore, the policymakers should craft result-oriented and comprehensive security policies to outmaneuver the sworn-enemies.
To do so, the security institutions should emphasize on the use of force to eliminate the anti-Afghanistan forces and minions who serve foreign interests. Local analysts have several times asked the government to employ aggressive military strategies to weaken the Taliban and other insurgent groups in order to bring them to the negotiations table. However, the leaders remained stick to the soft policies—use of diplomacy. Relying only on diplomacy is not a viable option to tame insurgency because the militant groups are still strong and attacking Afghan troops.
It is imperative to bring their morale to subzero level while attacking them from within and outside their ranks. The government should adopt aggressive approach as there is no benefit to be in defensive mode when confronted.