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Govt says Taliban’s onslaught is a ‘wave of violence that won’t last’

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A presidential advisor on Tuesday likened the increase in attacks by the Taliban to a “wave of violence” which he said will pass soon.

Addressing a press conference, Waheed Omar, the Director-General for Afghan Government’s Office of Public and Strategic Affairs, said the Taliban has launched a psychological war against government and the people which, he said, will be cracked down on by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

The Taliban has in recent weeks intensified attacks on military facilities and district centers.

“The Taliban’s movement is a wave that aims to undermine people’s morale, and the wave will not last; Taliban presence in any district will not last. We will retake the territory and the people must also stand by the ANDSF,” said Omar.

According to him, the Taliban are not committed to forging peace in the country.

“The Taliban have closed schools and set buildings on fire wherever they attacked and there is no such thing as governance in the Taliban [beliefs] and people have seen the Taliban’s real face, that they have become wilder and crueler in the past month and the Taliban have no definition of an Islamic state,” Omar said.

The Afghan government, meanwhile, stated that they have created a new spokesman’s position for the ANDSF as a whole. General Ajmal Omar Shinwari has been appointed to the position.

“The new team will soon manage the military situation. The enemy’s plan will be neutralized and every point of the country will be defended,” said Shinwari.

Officials, on the other hand, emphasized the need for the public to support the ANDSF in order for them to push back the Taliban and neutralize the group’s plans.

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Five security force members ‘brutally killed’ in Kabul: Sources

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Five security personnel were “brutally” killed by Taliban militants in Shakar Dara district of Kabul, sources said Sunday.

The incident reportedly took place in the Haji Paik area on Friday night.

According to the sources, the Taliban militants first tortured and then killed the men.

Gowhar Khan Baburi, Governor of Shakar Dara district, said Sunday that the militants had installed a checkpoint in the Haji Paik area where they identified the security force members.

The Taliban stated that the victims were members of the Afghan security forces but denied its involvement in the incident.

In a separate incident, two military personnel – including a student from Marshal Fahim Military University – were killed in the Kalakan district of Kabul.

The incident happened in the Pule Baboch area close to the district’s compound on Saturday night, sources said.

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China and Pakistan call for ceasefire in Afghanistan

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Pakistan and China on Saturday called on all Afghan stakeholders to agree to a ceasefire and work together to achieve an inclusive peace agreement and political settlement.

According to Dawn News, the call was made by the two sides during a foreign ministers’ strategic dialogue in Chengdu in Sichuan province in China.

A statement issued by China and Pakistan said the two countries had reaffirmed their commitment to facilitate and support an “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” peace and reconciliation process.

Meanwhile, Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation says peace talks are the best way to address Afghanistan issues and that the Taliban cannot impose their “will” on the people of Afghanistan through military force.

Speaking in an interview with Al-Jazeera, Abdullah stated that the Taliban have to seek their goal through peace talks.

“Taliban cannot convert the whole population of Afghanistan into Taliban. Talibanization of Afghanistan is not acceptable,” Abdullah said.

“Peaceful settlement is much better option than the continuation of the war we continue we will continue to make these efforts,” he stated.

“We have different opinions about these things can we find ways to not to fight for imposing our way of life upon the people but to compete for it uh to contest for it through civilian means through peaceful means,” he stressed.

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Abdullah says ‘Talibanization’ of the country not possible

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Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, says that the Taliban cannot impose their “will” on the people of Afghanistan through military force.

Speaking in an interview with Al-Jazeera, Abdullah stated that the Taliban have to seek their goal through peace talks.

“Taliban cannot convert the whole population of Afghanistan into Taliban. Talibanization of Afghanistan is not acceptable,” Abdullah said.

This comes as the Taliban have intensified attacks across Afghanistan. According to reports, the Taliban have seized control of half of the districts in Afghanistan.

Abdullah, however, stated that these gains are temporary.

“Yes of course they feel at this moment that they have the upper hand militarily on the ground and that will not last that way,” he noted.
Abdullah says peace talks are the best way to address Afghanistan issues.

“Peaceful settlement is much better option than the continuation of the war we continue we will continue to make these efforts,” he stated.

“We have different opinions about these things can we find ways to not to fight for imposing our way of life upon the people but to compete for it uh to contest for it through civilian means through peaceful means,” he stressed.

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