Islamabad Politics Report/ Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Taliban militants in Afghanistan have announced a new wave of armed attacks on Afghan and American forces in spring this year as well. According to the Taliban, this new military campaign is named ‘Operation Al-Khandq’.
“The announcement affirms the Taliban’s responsibility for the insecurity that destroys the lives of thousands of Afghans each year”, John J.Sullivan Acting Secretary of State respond in offical statement.
President Ghani recently extended an historic invitation for the Taliban to join a peace process, and there is no justification for the announcement of a new offensive, he added.
There is no need for a new “fighting season.” Still, the Taliban announced another campaign of senseless violence targeting the democratically elected and internationally recognized Afghan government and their fellow Afghans, Jhon fruther said in statement.
The United States stands with the Afghan people in response to the Taliban’s announcement.
We support the brave Afghan security forces who are standing against the Taliban and terrorist groups that seek to destroy Afghan society, John reafferms his support.
We commend the Afghan people, who are carrying on their lives, raising families, attending universities, building businesses, preparing for elections, and strengthening their communities despite violence and continued bloodshed, he added more.
Johne advised Afghan taliban leaders in his statments , “As President Ghani recently said, the Taliban should turn their bullets and bombs into ballots. They should run for office. They should vote.”
John said that we encourage Taliban leaders to return to Afghanistan from their foreign safe havens and work constructively for Afghanistan’s future. More violence will not bring peace and security to Afghanistan.
Contrary to the general impression of the Taliban, They are not ready to accept peace talks by Ashraf Ghani, but has pledged to try to target American forces more intensely.