Short-term Ceasefire Brings High Hopes
After decades of war and bloodshed, Afghanistan has witnessed an unprecedented
ceasefire by the two sides of the war. A few days ago, the president of Afghanistan,
Ashraf Ghani, announced that from 27th Ramadan to 5th Eid the Security Forces
will not attack the Afghan Taliban. And, some days later, the Taliban also
announced that for three days of Eid, it will not attack Afghan forces. The militants
said foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and that operations
against them would continue. They also said they would defend themselves against
Many Afghan people are very happy for this decision of both sides and they hope
that this decision with provide a chance for permanent peace. They hope that the
pleasure of shedding no Afghan blood in Eid becomes so overwhelming that the rest
of year is also declared as Afghan Eid. Eid is the biggest festival of Muslims, when
families visit each other’s homes, enjoy feasting and in Afghanistan tend graves of
fallen loved ones. The Taliban have launched attacks during Eid in the past.
More than 22 armed groups are active currently. ISIS is growing day by day.
But the main point is that just three days of ceasefire is not the solution to the
current situation and in Afghanistan it is not just the Taliban who are active. More
than 22 armed groups are active currently. ISIS is growing day by day. They
threaten our people’s life. Recently they gave a warning to all schools in Nangarhar.
So we should not have hopes of peace from them.
Before that, people were happy to see the arrival (after 20 years in exile) of
Gulbuddin Hikmatyar (an Afghan politician and former warload) in Kabul,
thinking that the security situation would improve. However, it has gotten worse.
Now some people believe that it is in the hands of America. If America wanted to
bring security to Afghanistan, it could bring it in one day. But it is benefiting from
the current situation and does not want security here.
The reasons why we don’t have hope for peace recently or soon:
The armed groups are from other countries, and are supported by other countries. They cannot make their own decisions.
Here there is no democratic strong party that people can gather around and people always doubt political parties because they have bad memories of them in past.
The current government of Afghanistan is also corrupt, so if we have high corruption in our Government, how can bring peace to our society?
Poverty is another reason of insecurity: when people cannot find the work they join the armed groups.