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Editorial: Deep in shadows

The National Unity Government has blamed the previous administration for most of the existing problems such as corruption, nepotism, poor infrastructure, and insecurity. No doubt that some of the issues were left unaddressed by the previous government. However, some of the challenges are new such as spike in terror attacks and turning Durand Line into an international border through measures that are unacceptable to the people living on both sides of the line. Although, no agreement was signed between Kabul and Islamabad that recognize the line as international frontier between the two countries, but it is keeping brothers away from each other. Use of only passports at Torkham is making the controversial line a recognized border crossing point. The confused authorities have drafted policies that are not pushing the country even an inch further in the direction of improvement or development.

If the former officials were involved in mismanagement, embezzlements of government funds, supporting militants and warlords, then the unity government should establish an accountability commission. All those should be put behind bars and punished strictly who have played with lives of innocent people while allowing the militants to illegally mine lapis lazuli. This is the only step which would help the government to restore its image. The current officials shall either prove that they are not the troublemakers or acknowledge that they have failed to improve the situation. The latter notion is backed by many because the writ of the government is limited only to Kabul City.

Leaving the high-ranking security officials and leaders in shock, the Taliban had once again kidnapped around 45 passengers in Kunduz on Wednesday. Last week, the insurgents had abducted over 200 people. At least 12 were killed at that time. The previous incident also took place in Kunduz. It was hoped that the government would not let the province to become a hotbed of militancy again when the security forces backed by the US troops retaken the city from the Taliban. However, the hopes have been dashed to the ground because the insurgent group is still strong. Fate of the passengers is uncertain, especially of those who are working for the government because the militant group had access to biometric system.

Such incidents of mass kidnappings can also take place in other provinces if the government kept blaming the others for its own failures. Maladministration and turning a blind eye to the real challenges have resulted in increased civilian casualties. According to a report of TOLOnews, civilian casualties have increased by 55 percent in the last month as compared to March of the current year. In May, over 120 civilians have lost their lives in the violence.

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