Experts discredit Mullah Omar’s Eid message on civilian deaths
Sun Aug 19, 7:47 pm
A number of experts and Kabul residents believe Mullah Omar’s Eid message was a false description of the Taliban group and will have no impact on the people of Afghanistan.
The Taliban by expressing such messages wants to show their independence to the world, according to analysts. They also want to change the image it now has of causing more deaths among civilians than among international and domestic forces.
Supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, in his recent Eid message has urged his followers to “prevent civilian casualties during their operations against the Afghan and international forces.”
Though the statement of Mullah Omar denied causing civilian deaths by the Taliban, a number of civilians, including women and children, were killed during the just concluded Holy Month of Ramadan.
Though the Taliban Eid statement stressed that the Taliban believe in women’s rights and has always placed a high value on the importance of granting girls and boys access to education, the residents of Kabul disbelieve such statements, saying the Taliban from the beginning until now have been fighting against the education process, and have consistently violated women’s rights.
Based on some reports, this year the Holy Month of Ramadan has been the deadliest months for civilians in the last few years.
This year during the Holy Month of Ramadan, 8 civilians were killed in the Paghman district of Kabul, nearly 40 innocent people were injured in eastern Nangahar and dozens of other noncombatants were killed in several provinces including the southwestern Nimroz province during the armed attacks of the insurgents. Also, over 1,000 girls were poisoned at schools while they were attending classes.
The Taliban have burned or bombed schools, including a school in the Want Waigal district of Nuristan that was burned three days ago. In the school that was burned were 300 Qurans, according to provincial education department chief Dr. Ghulam Hussain. Provincial security Chief General Ghulamullah Nuristani said that 500 demonstrators from the Paron district gathered to demonstrate against the burning of the school and the desecration of the Holy Quran. In their demonstrations, they shouted anti-Taliban slogans and displayed the evidence of the burned and desecrated Holy Qurans and other religious books that had been in the school that was destroyed by the Taliban. The people of Nuristan reject Mullah Omar’s claims that his operatives are seeking Afghanistan’s development in all sectors; since it is clear that the Taliban’s actions are against education and have desecrated the Holy Quran during the Holy Month of Ramadan.