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Who’s to blame?

The violence unleashed by the Taliban militants and their facilitators is claiming lives of innocent people every day. They are defaming the religion of peace and had broken the centuries old code of respect, hospitality and protection. They feel proud after killing unarmed civilians. Location does not matter. For them it is the number of causalities that matters. The militant group is gauging its success by casualties. The militants are thinking that they would succeed if they shed blood of as many people as they could. This evil notion has blinded them. They cannot see the light of peace and stability, but only bloodshed and terror.

Monday’s suicide attack on the headquarters of Afghanistan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) was an episode of the Taliban’s violence series. At least 10 people, excluding the terrorist who carried the suicide attack, were killed and 20 others injured in the deadly blast. Most of the visitors were taking information regarding the recruitment procedure and registering their names for the test or visiting their friends and relatives. Such deadly attack was carried out on August 7, 2015. The target was the Kabul Police Academy. Twenty-six cadets were killed and 27 others were injured. The academy is considered a premier training center for police officers.

Despite the two rounds of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), there is no decrease in militancy. Seemingly, the United States, China and Pakistan are not playing positive role but just observing the process, though Islamabad has enough clout to compel the Taliban to agree on ceasefire. Many local and globally renowned analysts and diplomats believe that Pakistan sees its development in fire and smoke rising from Afghanistan. The argument has a strong ground to stand on. If Islamabad really wants peace in Afghanistan, it shall shun the Afghan militant groups and apologize for what it did in the war-hit country since 1992.

However, we cannot blame Islamabad for everything, especially security failures and inattention. Although, Afghan government knows that it was in war with the insurgents, but it has not beefed up security in the major cities. It was not the first terror attack. Our leaders are good at condemnations and promises. They are shortsighted. Therefore, they cannot see the gray areas. Despite receiving cold shoulder response and snubs from the militants in response to the peace requests, the government is still pursuing its policy of carrots. If the policy was about carrots and sticks, then Kunduz city would not have fallen to the Taliban. Baghran and Desho districts in Helmand are controlled by the militants. According to SIGAR, over 30 percent of the country is controlled by the Taliban and Daesh. Now, one can guess about the existence and strength of the stick that the government claims is used against insurgents.

Looking at all these factors and realities, it is still unclear that who is to be blamed for the terror attacks—the Taliban, Pakistan, regional spy agencies of which the authorities talk or our own government. Perhaps, all these actors share the blame for one or the other reason.

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