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Govt’s faltering security policies

And this time it is the Gormach district of northern Faryab province taken by the beleaguered Taliban. Sometimes it is Mosa Qala in Helmand province. Sometimes it is Warduj district in Badakhshan province. And sometimes it is Kunduz city. All the time whenever media are abuzz with villages, districts and cities fallen to the Taliban, pointing fingers at others start, promises are made by the government to improve security situation and teach a bitter lesson to the opposing forces. Neither the foreign elements abstain from supporting militancy in Afghanistan nor does the government find itself capable of putting a full stop to insurgency either by striking a peace deal with the militants or subduing it militarily. The ink of news reports of the fall of Kunduz city to the Taliban was hardly dry that reports started surfacing that the Gormach district has fallen to the Taliban early Sunday after heavy clashes broke out in the area. The more the Taliban escalates violence, unleashes terror and captures villages, districts and cities. They have become fearless and reject peace mediation option. According to media reports, the government employees have been moved to a military base in the district. However, it has been encircled by the insurgents. It is feared that if troops don’t receive air support, the military base will also fall to the militants. When the militants are launching attacks on an unprecedented scale what the government is up to? Why it is taking so longer to revamp its security mechanism? If it lacks the resources it must ask the international community and friends in the region for help and if it lacks strategy then who is there to help? God or the civilians? In his flattering speech to the United States officials, President Ashraf Ghani, during his visit to Washington, talked about peace initiatives and said when sanctuaries end then peace begins. He said they were cautiously optimistic that they will bring peace. Without naming any country, he meant the insurgency movement has its roots beyond Afghan frontiers. On international level and regional level, the government has been trying to forge regional approach to tame the insurgency. However, at home, it lacks the strategy. It is no denying the fact that insurgency inside Afghanistan has its roots beyond Afghan frontiers, but the government must think over the indigestible facts that the raw material (fighters) are very much from among our own society. For instance, Baghlan police chief, Abdul Jabbar Purdeli, said Saturday that the bodies of dozens of Taliban fighters who were killed in the Kunduz city by security forces have been handed over to their families. According to Jabbar, insurgents killed in the city of Kunduz were mostly from Baghlan and that the key commanders of the Taliban were among the dead. Now the government must carry out a thorough investigation into the dead bodies of the Taliban fighters to know that what pushed them into militancy, why the government agencies failed in tracing the roots that Taliban fighters were living in Baghlan province like normal civilians. According to Jabbar, bodies of 90 militants from different parts of Baghlan including Pul-e-Khumri city, Baghlan-e-Markazi district and other parts were sent to their families. With the burial of their bodies too many facts will be buried. Therefore, the government must carry out a continued probe until the skein of terrorism is understood that why it always happens that people from our own society take up arms and side with the Taliban? Until this knot is unknotted, the government will face challenges in addressing the monstrous challenges of militancy.

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