The Taliban accused Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of “prolonging his mandate in the shadow of war” on Wednesday and warned that any escalation of violence is “the responsibility” of the government after the president announced it would resume the offensive against the insurgents.
Ghani said in a television message to the nation on Tuesday that the insurgents rejected various ceasefire calls and stressed that the Afghan armed forces will move from an “active defense” to an “offensive” stance.
The announcement came after separate attacks against a MSF-supported Kabul hospital that killed at least 24 people and a funeral in Nangarhar province (east) that killed 32 people. The Taliban separated from the two and the Islamic State took responsibility for the second.
Taliban spokesman Zabihulá Mujahid has responded to Ghani’s announcement with a sharp statement criticizing the Afghan government “has been trying to create obstacles to the peace process” since the pioneering agreement between states was signed on February 29, United and the insurgents.