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Editorial: Peace is still a dream

The mujahedin’s interim government chaired by Sebghatollah Mojaddedi entered Kabul from Peshawar to take over the power in the wake of the Soviet-backed administration’s fall on April 28, 1992. The new government that was almost a dream for many Afghans who were opposing late Dr. Najib’s government, was expected to fulfill their hopes and desires by putting an end to the so-called “wounds and pains” of them imposed by the former government.

In the beginning, people felt that the time of war, adversity and economic problems was over and a new era was beginning that would be followed by happiness, peace and economic progress.

But their dreams turned into desperation soon after a couple of months when the mujahedin’s different groups each controlling part of the capital city, triggered their guns against each other. The civil war that lasted until 1996, finished after changing the country to a ruin.

Taliban in their five-year-long government accelerated going backwards by imposing tough and extreme interpretations from Islamic laws. They banned women from education and work out of house in addition to several other restrictions that had directly targeted human rights.

By the fall of the extremist group due to the US 2001 invasion, the suffering people became again hopeful to experience a calm and prosperous life as the West showed interest in taking part in the reconstruction of the war-hit country. But unfortunately, peace remained as a far dream and Afghans had to be killed, injured, take refuge to abroad and lose all their hopes for future.

Tens of thousands of the NATO-led foreign troops with billions of dollars failed to implement their promises to the Afghans in bringing durable peace. Taliban who were enough weakened and were at the edge of dissolution, gained power and restarted fighting the Afghan and foreign soldiers.

The war unfortunately did not come to end as the foreign countries led by the United States kept seeking terrorists in the villages of Afghanistan, while it was clear that terrorism was based beyond the Afghan lines inside Pakistan. The existence of foreigners in Afghanistan also caused emergence of another terrorist group (Daesh) that further complicated the war formula and took the peace dream even farther.

Everyone who came to Afghanistan, did not help the people of this country and just used the territory and the people as tools and competition ground to weaken their rivals and seek their goals. Peace is still a far dream for this nation after 26 years of the jihad victory.

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