The Mirza Olang tragedy

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 02:52 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 136 times

Civilian casualties have become a running sore in Afghanistan. None of the parties involved in Afghan conflict pays appropriate attention to civilian lives. From Americans to militants and to government forces, all sides claim making efforts not to harm civilians as the most unprotected stratum of the society in conflict zones, while the level of civilian casualties are increasing day by day. With escalation of war, not only civilian casualties are increasing, but the incidents claiming civilian lives are also increasingly taking on a very barbaric nature. 

 

One of the horrendous incidents of civilian casualties has recently occurred in northern Sar-e-Pul province, in which the militants have brutally killed civilians besides local uprising militiamen after capturing the Mirza Olang area of Sar-e-Pul’s Sayad district. The Taliban and Daesh terrorists have reportedly joined hands to storm the area; however, the Taliban have rejected their involvement in the incident by releasing a statement.  Local people, who have managed to flee to the provincial capital, claim as many as 50 people were killed, and 150 families were taken hostage by the militants. They warn if the government doesn’t take immediate actions to rescue those trapped in the area, a huge human tragedy will happen. 

 

Beside others, the government has also failed to fulfill its main obligation of protecting the lives and properties of its citizens, and somehow acknowledges its failure. Addressing a gathering on Monday, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah said the Mirza Olang incident was preventable because there were prior intelligence reports about it. In spite of intelligence, the occurrence of such horrible incidents characterizes inattention and failure of the government. 

Leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) neither can do anything for peace nor are able to lead the war in the country, thereby paving the way for the protraction of the conflict, which is the main culprit of major human tragedies like the one in Sar-e-Pul. When the government doesn’t have an upper hand on the battlefield, peace parlays remain the only option to prevent such tragic incidents in the future.