Kunduz Madrassa Attack

(Maryam Abbasi, )

Afghanistan which is a battlefield for a long time is facing non-stop bombardment. The US support Afghanistan army now also doing air strikes without considering people of Afghanistan. They are only trying to demolish Taliban from their roots but they don’t know they are making their own people against them.

The attack at the HashemiaMadrassa(religious school) by the Afghanistan government in northern Kunduz province on April 2, scores a lot of casualties and injuries including children. A graduation ceremony was carried out when aerial bombardment starts on the Madrassa. The Afghan ministry of defense insisted that the air strike target the Taliban who were plotting an attack on the military.

There is conflict in the number of casualties because insurgents itself counting deaths. The attendees are of the view that there is the dozen of fatalities. A chef which was making food for the ceremony when asked said that he had been preparing food for 2,000 people. Which shows that there is the number of casualties in this attack.

An eyewitness, Qari Abdul Rahim describe the attack in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz to the media that he was sitting in the third row. He saw an aircraft above his head. He saw smoke under the aircraft and run towards the door. He somehow managed to escape from school. He returned to the building after the air strike where he saw an abundance of dead bodies. The dead bodies were also scattered on the roads including children as they tried to run from the air strike but couldn’t make it.

Footages and pictures were released by the Taliban to show departed souls and wounded children being buried and taking to the hospital. The Taliban which have a number of victories on the battlefield had said that there is no member of Taliban was present at the time of the ceremony. The statement of Taliban is contradicting government’s statement.

Many of the people who were killed in the attack are also not recognizable and that is why it would be difficult to identify that they were Taliban fighters or civilians.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesperson Mohammed Radmanish told a news conference in Kabul that aerial footage and images showed the Taliban gathered at a compound with vehicles and motorcycles brandishing Taliban and Pakistani flags. He added that 35 Taliban, including 18 commanders, were among the dead.

Several witnesses were of the view that the gathering was at the Madrassa where boys were graduating having learned to read and write Arabic verses of the Quran. Which is totally opposite to the statements of Afghanistan Government. As reports emerged that civilians had been killed in the airstrikes, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) tweeted that it was “actively looking into disturbing reports of serious harm to civilians.”

By Tuesday, the office of President Ashraf Gani issued a statement conceding that, while the army had carried out the operation “in order to save people from a huge disaster,” civilians had died in the airstrikes, and ordered an official investigation.

According to the Afghanistan TOLO News, in a session of parliament, the opposition party strongly criticized this government act of air strike and force to a proper investigation of this attack.

The house speaker, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, said, “There is no doubt that the Taliban were also present there, but to be honest, such a move against a madrasa — where religion is taught — is not acceptable.”

Taliban also give the statement that the director of the ceremony was in the support of Taliban and prayed for the goodwill of Taliban and to implement Sharia in the whole country but he was not the member of Taliban.

Kunduz, which the Taliban briefly seized in 2015, was the scene of one of the most serious civilian casualty incidents in the Afghanistan conflict, when U.S. airstrikes destroyed a hospital, killing 42 people, mostly patients, and medical staff.

Initially, the city wThe Taliban, which has been fighting the U.S.-backed government in Kabul since being driven out of power after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, controls much of the surrounding province.as considered secure as compare to the other parts of the country but it remains vulnerable.

There are few lessons that can be learned anew in a war that has gone on for nearly two decades. But it is patently obvious that counter-insurgencies cannot inflict massive damage and destruction on the very people it hopes to rescue from the militants. Shocking attacks, such as the one in Kunduz on Monday, coming so late in a war against the Afghan Taliban can have significant and widespread negative effects on the population. Questions such as whether the Afghan state is any better than the Taliban who terrorize swathes of the population may be asked with fresh urgency among the people. Moreover, the possibility of a spirit of revenge taking hold among the surviving victims and families of the dead and injured could be exploited by the Taliban. There is a reason why previous US administrations have at times hesitated to use indiscriminate weapons in Afghanistan: the risk of a terrible error tends to be greater than the gains of a successful strike. The Trump administration and Kabul should urgently reconsider the new, looser rules of military engagement.

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مزہبی کالم نگاری میں لکھنے اور تبصرہ کرنے والے احباب سے گزارش ہے کہ دوسرے مسالک کا احترام کرتے ہوئے تنقیدی الفاظ اور تبصروں سے گریز فرمائیں - شکریہ