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Editorial: Happy Eid-ul-Fitr

The Muslims around the world are going to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr after the completion of the holy month of Ramadan, which today is probably its last day.

The Eid is a festival for joy because the Muslims could pass the divine test with taking fast and being busy more in prayers. Thus, every Muslim looks happy and goes to meet relatives and friends to greet the happy Eid days to them as well as hosts them in his/her house.

But in Afghanistan, people spent the month of fasting amid unusual situation in the entire of the country which is said to be unprecedented.

The bad security in the country became worse during the month of Ramadan, taking the lives of tens of civilians and security forces. The most horrific one was the suicide attacks against the police cadets on the outskirts of the capital just less than a week.

The newly graduate police officers from a police training center in the insecure province of Wardak were being transported to Kabul in six police buses that the Taliban’s suicide bombers targeted them on Thursday. The government announced that 37 were killed and around 80 injured, but the witnesses called the number of killed cadets more than 50.

Taliban also intensified attacks to take the control of some districts in the provinces of Nangarhar and Wardak, which the security forces bravely resisted. Clashes between security forces and the Taliban militants continue in the provinces of Faryab, Helmand, Sar-e-Pul and Badakhshan.

Taliban’s new leader in his Eid message said the fight would continue if the foreign forces do not leave the country.

The price of the essential stuff is in parallel increase with the rate of unemployment and poverty. Corruption is another burden on the people’s shoulder, while they see nobody to refer to complain.

The two heads of the government are allegedly busy in their personal rivalry and their official sessions focus on to gain more posts for their supporters. The situation of the refugees in Pakistan is not better than their country fellows inside Afghanistan. Pakistani police arrest them without any reason and put them in jails. They have no access to the judiciary and have to spend long time in prison. Their families and assets are in danger.

Full of these problems and dozens of others, Afghan people are going to welcome the Eid-ul-Fitr, a festival in which everybody seeks happiness and tries to be free of any concern.

Let’s pray that this Eid would be the last unhappy festival for Afghans and may the days of good luck smile to them.

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