Terrorists have specifically targeted intellectuals in Afghanistan

This announcement in the US has raised concerns in Afghanistan that the Biden administration will also follow the policy of former President Donald Trump administration in the matter of withdrawal of army from Afghanistan. This announcement comes at a time when there is a spate of murders in Afghanistan. In this period, terrorists have specifically targeted intellectuals. According to the non-governmental organization Afghan Peace Watch, 40 people were killed from January 1 to 20 this year. While more than 130 people were killed in the last three months of 2020.

The violence continues when talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are underway in Qatar’s capital Doha. The negotiations started on the initiative of the former Trump administration. The Afghan government has insisted on a ceasefire during the negotiations, but the militants have actually intensified violence during this period.

The former Trump administration announced the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by May this year. The new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said last week that the new US administration also wants to bring American troops back from Afghanistan. However, he said that terrorism should not be raised again in Afghanistan, so the necessary capacity will be retained there.

Terrorists  have specifically targeted intellectuals in Afghanistan
Terrorists have specifically targeted intellectuals in Afghanistan

Meanwhile, due to the recent killings, there is an atmosphere of fear here. Two women judges of Afghanistan were shot and killed here this month. One of them’s brother Haji Mustafa has said that the killing was done by the Taliban. She told a TV channel – My sister was a educated and liberal woman. She wanted to do something for the country. But they (Taliban) want to wipe out educated and liberal minded people and take the country back to the dark ages.

But Taliban leaders have denied that they kill civilians. He has said that the Taliban are not involved in the murder of women judges. Meanwhile, those murdered this month include the deputy governor of Kabul, the head of a radio station in Ghaur province and a women’s rights activist in Kapisa province. Habib Khan, founder of the NGO Afghan Peace Watch, told an American TV channel – The motive for such killings is to kill the minds of Afghanistan. This creates an emptiness that will take decades to fill.

The Afghan Interior Ministry has said that it has no list of the killings this month. Nor does he know who is behind these murders. But the general belief is that the Taliban are behind most of the killings. Particia Gossman, director of the Asia division of the American human rights watch Human Rights Watch, told the American TV channel NBC that most, if not all, of the killings were definitely committed by the Taliban. He said that the increase in the number of killings has taken place with the feeling that the Taliban came to mind that the victory is now very close to it.

Regarding the Taliban’s claim that it does not kill civilians, Gossman said that in fact, the Taliban themselves decide who is a civilian. The Taliban consider those who have been killed, to be associated with the government. In the past, he has said that those who work for the government are not civilians. According to other experts, many other militant groups are also active in Afghanistan. They are also constantly involved in violent activities. President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a full investigation into the recent killings, but such orders in Afghanistan do not give much confidence to the people.

At the moment, the reality is that Afghanistan has been shaken by the killings of intellectuals. Now when this is the situation, the fear of what will happen after the return of the American army is deeply ingrained in the people here. It is common understanding that after the withdrawal of the American army, the Taliban will not be under anyone’s control. The possibility of his reign in Afghanistan once again is very strong.