The Afghan government on Wednesday branded the Taliban as the main perpetrator behind the recent attacks in Kabul, Nangarhar and Laghman province and urged the international community to put pressure on the resurgent group to agree to reduce violence and help pave the way for the peace process.
Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said that the Taliban’s disavowal of attacks does not make the group innocent of them, and he stated that there will be no peace in Afghanistan if the group continues the hostility and refuses to reduce violence.
“The Taliban cannot deny the crimes they have committed and the destruction that they have inflicted on our country,” said Sediqqi.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s first vice president Amrullah Saleh has said that there is clear "evidence" that the Taliban plotted the recent attacks in Kabul, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces.
“Evidence shows that the Taliban are in celebratory mood for massacring "Shias" in maternity hospital in Kabul, an ANA patrol in Laghman & a local rival & his followers in Nangarhar. They double celebrate the naviete of some for accepting their lies & accusing the fictional IS-K,” Saleh tweeted.
“This indicates close cooperation between the Haqqani network and the Daesh group, and also the attack is a war crime. This shows that the Taliban do not have any commitment to the agreement they signed,” said Massoud Andarabi, the Afghan acting minister of interior.
“Now that Ashraf Ghani has told the Taliban that (the Afghan govt) will conduct operations, he should be critical of his own (side), both sides should take responsibility,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.
“The attacks have significantly increased from the day the US and the Taliban started their negotiations, particularly after the signing of the peace deal. All sides need to work hard to end this situation and reach peace,” said Abdul Baseer Salangi, a military analyst.
“All military operations and the war must be planned in line with the wartime situation and the geographical nature of the war,” said Assadullah Nadeem, a former military officer.
Over the recent weeks, the Taliban launched attacks in 15 provinces of Afghanistan out of the total 34. The attacks have left over 1,000 Afghan military and civilians dead and wounded.
Despite expectations that the violence level would decline in the holy month of Ramadan, now there is a sharp surge in the attacks since the start of the holy month.