MoD scorns Taliban’s spring offensive, vows befitting response
Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), said the Taliban’s announcementrepresented something new in that such offensive met a befitting response from the armed forces every year.
Waziri acknowledged fighting was no solution to the conflict, but everyone should strive for lasting peace. Those who preferred violence to peace would be suppressed, he warned.
He said the killers of Afghans were the enemies of their security forces, who come hard on such elements.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sedique Sediqui wrote on his social media account that the Taliban’s spring offensive was nothing more than propaganda.
President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazviblasted the insurgents for fuelling violence and striking fear among the people through their announcement of the summer operations.
He said Afghan forces had launched a fresh offensive codenamed Shafaq and had inflicted heavy losses on the militants.
Earlier in the morning, the Taliban announced the start of their summer offensive codenamed ‘Omari Operations’. The declaration came a day after deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces.
The summer operations would target US and NATO forces across the country, the militant movement said in a statement, as the Afghan conflict entered its 15th year.
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