The Afghan capital has in the past few weeks come under a barrage of attacks that has left scores dead and hundreds of civilians injured.
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Following the truck suicide bombing in Shah Shaheed area of Kabul earlier this month, Afghan government officials blamed the Pakistan Intelligence Service (ISI) of masterminding the deadly attack – a stance that has soured relations with Pakistan and one that has failed to curb further attacks on the city. Two further bombings occurred the day of the truck explosion, numerous IED blasts are recorded in the city every day and another suicide car bombing on Saturday left 12 people dead and more than 80 wounded.
These attacks came just weeks after the announcement of the death of the Taliban’s infamous leader Mullah Omar and the appointment of Mullah Mansoud as successor – amid reports of an increasingly divided Taliban.
But in the wake of the heightened level of violence and attacks, the leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) have seemingly relied only on verbal condemnation of the deadly attacks and no practical steps appear to have been taken to safeguard civilians – leaving one to wonder just how long the people of Afghanistan will be expected to pay the price.
In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siavash discusses the topic with the following guest:
• Abdul Wadood Paiman, MP