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Upper House called on International community to push Taliban for ceasefire

KABUL: Afghanistan’s Lower House of the Parliament or Meshrano Jirga on Sunday while strongly condemning Saturday’s deadly terrorist attack in Nangarhar province that killed 15 civilians, called on international community, particularly on the United States to bring pressure on the Taliban to reduce their violence and armed attacks in the country.

Senators in Sunday’s session strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack on Shinwari district headquarters of eastern Nangarhar province that killed 15 civilians and injured 42 others including women and children.

“It is a crime against humanity” and an act against all Islamic and humanitarian values and principles, the senate said.

Senators expressed concerns on increase of violence and terrorist attacks in the country which came simultaneously to the intra-Afghan talks, which are under way in Doha for the past three weeks.

Senators called on the international community, particularly, the United States to bring pressure on the Taliban to reduce their ongoing violence against Afghans and to accept a nationwide ceasefire.

The Jirga members called on the government to identify the perpetrators and those involved in Nangarhar’s deadly attack and to bring them to justice.

They also asked National and Defense Security Forces of the country to defuse and prevent such attacks of the terrorist groups and to give them prompt response.

The Upper House’s call on the international community to push Taliban for ceasefire came in a while that the level of terrorist attacks in the country increased in recent weeks.

Only in the past two weeks 69 civilians killed and 141 others injured in the terrorist attacks of the armed Taliban throughout the country, according to the Interior Ministry.

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