Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday that the security forces’ offensive against the Taliban would resume as attacks increased despite attempts to launch a peace process in the country.
Ghani said in a television message to the nation that the insurgents rejected various ceasefire calls and stressed that the Afghan armed forces will move from an “active defense” to an “offensive” stance.
It was also made clear that the authorities’ calls for a ceasefire are not a sign of weakness, but rather an example of their commitment to peace, before the Taliban is again asked to accept them, as reported by the chain from Afghan television broadcaster Tolo TV.
The announcement came hours after separate attacks on a hospital in West Kabul, supported by the NGO Doctors Without Borders (Doctors Without Borders, Doctors Without Borders, MSF), and the funeral of a policeman in the east of the country, at which nearly 40 People were killed.
The Taliban spokesman, Zabihulá Mujahid, has denied that the fundamentalist group founded by Mullah Mohamed Omar is behind these attacks.