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64,000 Afghan civilians fall prey to terror in 9 years

64,000 Afghan civilians fall prey to terror in 9 years

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Aug 15, 2018 - 21:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday said more than 64,000 Afghan civilians were either killed or wounded during the past nine years, with the Talibaninfo-icon causing 70 percent of the casualties.

AIHRC head Sima Samar told a meeting titled ‘International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism’ here that fighting terrorism needed a long term strategy.

According to the AIHRC, the United Nations has named August 21 as International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in 2017 and it was the first time the day is marked in capital Kabul.

Sima Samar said: “Terrorism could not be eliminated by empowering security forces, we need to do more. Terrorism is not limited to Afghanistan only, it is a regional and international problem.”

The Afghan people needed peace and victims of terrorism should be present in all peace processes, she said.

The AIHRC last year issued a survey that covered 3,129 people in 33 provinces. The survey showed that 62 percent of people themselves or their relatives were victims of terrorism while 38 percent people or their relatives were wounded in the war, Samar added.

She said more than 64,000 people were somehow affected by terrorism as 36 percent of the people were killed and 64 percent others wounded over the last nine years in Afghanistan.

She added militant groups were responsible for 70 percent of all casualties and Afghan and international forces were responsible for 10 percent. However, the Taliban rejected their responsibility for 70 percent of civilians’ casualties.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who was also present in the meeting, said: “We all are responsible to have an international solidarity on this day.”

Pointing to recent incidents in Ghazni and Faryab provinces, he said: “The recent incidents in the country show the deepness of terrorism.”

He said victims of terrorism should have equal access to justice and the incidents in which they were affected should be fairly investigated and the victim families provided with timely information.

“Marking this day means sharing sympathy with the victims of terrorism and it is the responsibility of the government to respond to such incidents”, the CEO said.

Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi said the heroism of Afghan security forces should be appreciated because they fought against terrorists.

He said Afghanistan was committed to international norms and the Afghan government was trying to improve stability and law enforcement.

Hamidi voiced on the international community to define war rules and debate the role of countries directly or indirectly supporting terrorism.

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, who also attended the meeting, said that Afghanistan was one among five countries which were victims of terrorism.

He said a UN report showed more than 5,100 Afghan civilians had suffered casualties in the conflict over the first six months of the ongoing year which indicated that a large number of Afghans continued to be victim of terrorism.

“Terrorists use all tactics for destabilizing safe areas because they do not respect any rules. Terrorism is an international problem and it needs an international struggle to be eliminated.”

Voronkov said the UN was committed to providing technical assistance to the victims of terrorism and working for improving their capabilities in Afghanistan and other countries.

Niaz Bibi, a resident of Kot district of Nangarhar and a victim of terrorism said that she lost her six members of family in different incidents. Bibi who attended the meeting asked the government for help.

“Six of my sons have been martyred, we are threatened on a daily basis, I have been looking after of widowed daughter-in-laws,” she said. She also asked the government to help all those victimized by terrorism.

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