U.S. Pressure on Pakistan, Taliban ‘Escalated’ Violence in Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: October 22, 2017)

The Afghan Defense Ministry says the Taliban attempts to show influence and presence by launching deadly terror attacks across the country, following the U.S. new strategy that calls for more pressure on the group.

The sharp rise in violence since last week that left at least 208 people killed and about 300 more injured in different parts of the country,  voices serious concern among the Afghan people.

“[The U.S.] pressure on Pakistan and Taliban has caused these deadly attacks to take place [in Afghanistan],” said Afghan Defense Ministry Spokesman Dawlat Waziri.  “Terrorists want to show their presence and take credit for the attacks.”

The deadly incidents in Paktia, Ghazni, Kandahar, and a day earlier in capital Kabul, successively occur after the Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) peace meeting on Afghanistan, held in Oman on Oct 15. It seems the meeting has not convince Pakistan to implement its commitments made towards Afghan peace process.

“Pakistan has not implemented any commitments in fight against terrorism and has not taken any actions against the terrorists’ sanctuaries [in its soil],” said Sebghatullah Ahmadi, the Deputy Spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry.

 Afghan military analysts, meanwhile, reasoning weak intelligence and government’s poor management for the increased the number of attacks in the country.  

“Pakistan coordinating these attacks in response to the U.S. new strategy,” said Javid Kohistani, a military analyst. “weak intelligence and government’s poor management also caused the attacks to be increased.”  

By Shakib Mahmud & Bais Hayat

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