Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, December 10th, 2018

The Evil of Insecurity Persists

As Eid is approaching, the people in Afghanistan are hoping for some peace and tranquility; however, the security situation in the country is getting serious. Only a couple of days ago, 33 people were killed and 79 others wounded after the attack on police cadets’ convoy in west of Kabul. According to the reports, At least two Taliban bombers ambushed five police buses, two of which were destroyed by the powerful blasts in the Haidar Ali Khan area of Paghman district -- 20 kilometres west of Kabul.
The cadets were returning from a training center in central Maidan Wardak province and were heading to the capital on leave. The first bomber targeted the bus carrying the trainee policemen and their instructors.
A second bomber attacked 20 minutes later, when policemen had arrived at the scene on the Kabul-Kandahar highway to evacuate the casualties. The Taliban claimed 150 police had been killed and dozens more wounded.
The attack is really tragic and it was condemned internationally, as well. However, the more important point is to make arrangements so that the security situation may improve and the people have a chance of finding some peace in their lives.
Police cadets have been attacked several times in Afghanistan and sometimes even in the capital Kabul. They have really given some great sacrifices; however, the important thing is that their sacrifices should bear some fruit and Afghanistan should see the sun of peace and tranquility dawn quickly.
Having a thorough look at the security situation one has no other choice but to question the real outcomes of the war against terrorism. War against terrorism is said to achieve its targets and the international forces have already ended up the war and most of them have already withdrawn their forces. The war is considered to have reached to a decisive position and the international community now thinks that Afghan forces and authorities are capable enough to take over the responsibility of the security of their country. However, the clashes between Taliban and Afghan government take place almost on daily basis and both incur casualties. Moreover, the rise of ISIS in the country is also making the situation complex and point towards a future which may not be very optimistic.  
Nevertheless, there are some who are very much optimistic about the result of the ongoing transition but at the same time, it is also a fact that many concerns are yet to be dealt with. Above all, it is important to see that the war against terrorism has not reached to a decisive position as the terrorism and terrorist networks are yet to be defeated and there are great chances that they may get stronger if the war is left at this particular position. Further, the ongoing situation of peace and tranquility also suggest that there are many things to be done before the victory is considered decisive.
Keeping in mind the concerns regarding the capabilities of Afghan security forces and the strengthening terrorist networks the feared situation is quite possible. The other major issues which remain ambiguous after more than a dozen years of efforts include the prevailing instability in the country regarding the political and economic systems. Both of them stand on shaky foundations and suffer from a trend of uncontrollable and ever increasing difficulties. It is really difficult to build reliable expectations except the support of international community.
Moreover, the regional dissatisfaction and ambiguities are also increasing about the war. Afghanistan’s neighboring countries do not see eye to eye with the US authorities regarding the war and it prospects and their relations with Afghanistan face fluctuations time and again.  Keeping in mind the present scenario in Afghanistan and the region, it can be safely said that if this war is not be termed as ‘unnecessary’ and ‘evil’, it can be termed as ‘indecisive’ for the time being. Definitely, there is more to be done to take this war towards conclusion. A proper conclusion of the war means defeating the enemy or reaching to some sort of agreement with the opposing forces, which at the present scenario are Taliban. Unfortunately, neither Taliban have been defeated completely, nor the reconciliation process with Taliban is on the track and heading towards a certain future. Taliban at the moment have opted for more aggression and they do not seem in a position to come to negotiation table.
There have been many sacrifices to achieve positive outcomes from the war against terrorism; these sacrifices should not go in vain and Afghanistan should be supported so that it can stand strong with dignity against disorder and terrorism. At the same time, the Afghan government and authorities must also strive to do their best in fulfilling their responsibilities and must endeavor to guide the nation towards lasting peace and tranquility. Continuous war is not in the favor of the country in any way; therefore, more efforts should be made for peaceful solution to the conflict.