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Editorial: Rampage continues

The civilian deaths in Afghanistan have become a routine. Innocent women and children are killed on different pretexts and ways. From roadside bombs and suicide attacks by the armed opposition groups to the face to face conflicts, most of the victims are ordinary people killed by government forces, international troops, Taliban fighters and the newly emerged Daesh terrorist group.

Afghans have been witnessing a shocking rise in violence since 2001, but it has changed to a really matter of concern in the past couple of years. Nearly a hundred people were killed and scores of others injured in the July suicide attack on the demonstrators of the Enlightening Movement in Kabul. The Ashura attacks in Kabul and Balkh were other tragic events in the country’s post-Taliban history.

People are being killed and wounded every day in the provinces of Kunduz, Helmand, Nangarhar, Farah and Uruzgan as the areas are infested by Taliban militants.

Thirty civilians were killed on Thursday morning in strikes “to protect the US and Afghan soldiers” involved in fighting Taliban in a village on the outskirts of Kunduz city.

Elsewhere, journalists are being targeted. Nematullah Zaheer, a journalist working for the Ariana News channel was killed Friday after a bomb hit his car in the Lashkargah city, the provincial capital of the volatile Helmand province. His driver was injured. Zaheer is the 12th journalist killed this year. This year is deadliest year for journalists since 2001.

It seems that the lives of civilians mean nothing to the combatants of the two sides, and they inattentively kill and injure them. The government and the foreign forces confine it just by sympathy and condemnation statements.

The question is that how long will the civilian killings continue? Considering the situation makes people not to refer to anyone to complain or request for the stop of their killings.

The people have no choice except fleeing the country to save the lives of their families, while facing the new huge problems in the host countries.

The government should not ask the European countries, where most of the refugees are Afghans to return them back just by donating some amounts, because it is not able to provide secure living ground for them.

The government is required to ask the Europe to let Afghan migrants stay there. They have accepted death dangers along the way to Europe besides spending thousands of dollars.

What will they do when they are returned back home? The answer is they should be waiting for death of their dears and be suffering dozens of other social and economic problems.

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