August 25, 2019

War criminals must be prosecuted

War criminals must be prosecuted

There has recently been a sharp increase in the attacks bu both the occupying army and Kabul quisling administration on civilian targets and buildings of public use. In the previous week alone women, children and students, among dozens of others, have been martyred and wounded in enemy operations. Religious madrassas and hospitals have also been destroyed because of which we face a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Let us take the example of Bakwa district of Farah where on 10 July the merciless enemy raided a clinic, burned all medical supplies therein and further looted expensive products from surrounding shops. 

Two days before this on 8 July another clinic was raided in Maidan Wardak’s Chak district. Four people were martyred including two doctors, while another doctor was taken into custody. Again, all equipment of this clinic too was burned. It is worth mentioning that on the same day the invaders droned a home in Baghlan resulting in the martyrdom of seven household members, while in Ghazni’s Shalgar district, the enemy martyred the director of Emergency Clinic, Gul Ahmed, and his companion. Consider that the individuals involved in such criminal activity are supposed to be a morally superior force engaged in bringing peace and security to Afghanistan. Over almost two decades of trying, this is the peace they have made rife across our country.

Apart from the above mentioned crimes, the occupying army has conducted many recent attacks on mosques, schools, homes, markets and other public places The greatest damage in such attacks is caused invariably to the civilian population who suffer heavy losses as a result. The Health Commission of the Islamic Emirate released a statement regarding inhumane enemy attacks on medical centers, making absolutely clear its intolerance toward these intentional acts. The Islamic Emirate considers these acts as war crimes, a violation of all human values and further calls upon humanitarian and human rights organizations to be consistent in their statements by condemning the occupying American army’s crimes in Afghanistan. Immediate and transparent investigations into the matter ought to be carried out and efforts made to prevent such war crimes taking place in the future. 

The Islamic Emirate condemns all enemy attacks on educational institutes, health centers and buildings of public use. It is only unfortunate that while the enemy is increasing in such attacks, the media and human rights organizations have adopted a hypocritical silence on the matter, thereby allowing the enemy to continue its oppression unhindered. As is known, the Afghan people are already deprived of basic medical facilities and attacks of this like only worsen their plight. That the enemy is aware of their condition yet continuation of such attacks demonstrates its moral standing in the war. ​The Islamic Emirate, on the other hand, is determined to provide health and educational institutes the required protection and has indeed already carried out such responsibilities under extremely difficult circumstances too. 

In conclusion, the civilian population and buildings of public benefit must not be targeted. If the enemy mistakenly considers this inhumane method as advancing its efforts, it ought to look no further than and take lesson from the Islamic Emirate who while exercising strict caution against civilian killing still retains the upper hand in the war. Targeting civilians can only be a demonstration of weakness and whoever does so must be punished.

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