Taliban take control of Afghanistan after 20 yrs

An immediate peaceful solution can save many lives

Published : 16 Aug 2021 09:32 PM | Updated : 16 Aug 2021 11:13 PM

The United Nations (UN) and the international community must come forward to help resolve the crisis in Afghanistan as the Taliban captured Kabul on Sunday with a stunning speed after the government collapsed suddenly.

President Ashraf Ghani fled from the country, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.bThe Taliban, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan have declared the war in Afghanistan is over on Monday and the group’s fighters were seen all over Kabul, including in the formerly heavily fortified district of Green Zone. And they have returned to rule after almost 20 years of a US-led coalition's presence in the country.

But we express deep concern about Afghanistan's future and the impact on other countries in the region and their economies. Besides, the women and children have become the most vulnerable as the Taliban entered the capital, capping a lightning offensive across the country. Therefore, we are also calling on the international community to save women, children and civilians. 

We hope for a peaceful solution to the crisis in 

Afghanistan and normal democratic processes 

will resume there as soon as possible.

The United States had spent more than $1 trillion over 20 years and lost thousands of U.S. troops, and continued to provide significant air support, food, equipment and salaries to Afghan forces. But the problem lies not in the training or equipment provided to Afghanistan, but in local mismanagement, corruption, and demoralised soldiers who often lack the will to fight.

After consultations with his national security team, Biden said a total of "approximately 5,000" US soldiers -- up from 3,000 -- will now help organize evacuations and the end of the US mission after 20 years on the ground. Thousands of people were on Monday trying to escape Kabul and the feared hardline brand of Islamic rule of the Taliban, with scenes of chaos as crowds gathered at the airport.

The Doha Agreement between the US and Taliban on February 29 last year in Doha, Qatar had created a new wave of hope for the peaceful solution of Afghan’s issue. And world community had had thought that the agreement could lead to an end to almost two decades of conflict in Afghanistan that has killed thousands and become America’s longest war.

But there stand some challenges still, which are hard to address and may jeopardize the entire process of amicable settlement.

Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview to CNN on Sunday said the United States is willing to work with the Taliban if they respect “basic rights” of its people - of women and girls, specifically - and do not harbour terrorists.However, we can definitely express hope for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Afghanistan and normal democratic processes will resume there as soon as possible.