Taliban attacks undermining peace negotiations: Daudzai

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KABUL: Mohammad Omar Daudzai, Afghan president’s special envoy to Pakistan, on Saturday said the Taliban’s intensified violence and targeted attacks showed the group was trying to spoil the ongoing peace talks.


He urged the Afghan government to empower Afghan security forces and believed that the militants were not committed to peace negotiations.


According to the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Taliban attacked over 30 districts in 22 provinces of the country in less than a month.


Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Tariq Aryan had earlier said “We responded to Taliban attacks based on standard norms. We will not let anyone damage the country’s security.”


On the other hand, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) asked the warring sides to declare a permanent ceasefire and stop further casualties to civilians.


Zabihullah Farhang, an AIHRC spokesman, expressed concern that many Afghans lost their lives to the conflict on a daily basis, urging the Afghan government to discharge its responsibility and provide security for the public life.