Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Transitioned Areas See Growth in Insurgency

In an early morning suicide attack yesterday on Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) base in Panjsher province, four people were killed and injured. That is the first time in a decade of war that the insurgents have managed to use their trademark tactic in the normally peaceful Northern Province. Not to forget, Panjsher and Bamyan provinces and 5 other cities were handed over to Afghan security forces under 'the first phase of transition' this summer.

Since then, all these areas have seen growth in insecurity, specifically Herat and Helmand.

Certain incidents of bombings have also taken place in Bamyan– known as the most peaceful province – recently.

Also it is noteworthy to mention that in July this year, a NDS agent killed two NATO soldiers and injured the third one before he was gunned down.

Incidents such as that of yesterday increase doubts and concern even about the future security of the peaceful regions of Afghanistan.

It is doubted that with the withdrawal of international forces, Taliban and other groups of militants would put efforts to increase their presence and influence in provinces they handed over to Afghan security forces.

Incidents have taken place for a numerous times in the past in which a police or a soldier has shot dead his foreign counterpart or mentor. Such incidents have confirmed Taliban's claim – that its spies are present in Afghan army and police – is not a claim but a truth.

In return of assistance and sacrifices the international community has been making in Afghanistan, it has always anticipated cooperation from the government and the people of Afghanistan.

But in Afghanistan one should give more and expect less or even nothing.

The three decades of war and meddling of several countries has made it quite difficult to distinguish positive roles from negative ones and acknowledge them.

For the world Taliban are terrorist and murderer of innocent human beings but still for a significant portion of population in Afghanistan, Pakistan and some other countries, they are angels.

For such people the international campaign in Afghanistan is occupation of this country, although it is not so.

Attacks such as that in Panjsher are undertaken with cooperation from such category of people.