KABUL - The UN mission in Afghanistan has called on all parties to "take all necessary measures to protect civilians" in the Afghan conflict in the forthcoming months.
"We call on all parties to take all possible measures to protect civilians, especially in the forthcoming months when we expect, unfortunately, intensified conflict," UN Chief in Afghanistan Staffen de Mistura said in a statement.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) views any sorts of attempt against civilians as an obvious crime.
Following a statement by the Taliban that warned about the launch of operation "Badr" across the country, the UN Chief in Afghanistan said "Parties to the conflict must not deliberately attack, target or kill civilians, or indiscriminately harm them."
The Taliban statement warned civilians to stay away from government institutions, foreign centres, convoys and gatherings. It also said targets of the operation "Badr" includes government officials, military heads, heads of companies working for foreign forces, members of peace council and parliamentarians.
But the United Nations called on the Taliban to avoid attacking all such persons "who are not directly taking part in hostilities".
AIHRC said the Afghan government is obliged to protect civilians in any possible way.
"Deliberate attacks over civilians and government civilian personnel is a plain crime," AIHRC Commissioner Mohammad Nader Naderi told TOLOnews.
Meanwhile, Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs on Sunday said the Taliban have lost the ability to carry out attacks against Afghan and foreign forces.
"In order to refresh their presence they may step up attacks in some parts of the country, but our security forces are prepared," Interior Ministry Spokesperson Zemarai Bashari said.
In a statement Afghan Defence Ministry described the Taliban's recent security warning as enemy propaganda. (Tolo News)