Presidential Palace, NSC: Taliban Disrupting Peace Dialogue By Escalating Violence

The Presidential Palace and the Office of the National Security Council (NSC) said on Sunday, that the Taliban had disrupted the peace process by increasing violence against Afghan.

Sediq Sediqqi, spokesperson for President Ashraf Ghani said, “The country is deteriorating.”

“The recent escalation of Taliban violence in cities, attacks on the country’s security and defence forces, the bombing of roadside mines by the Taliban, and the targeting of government employees do not give hope to our people and the international community to start dialogue and establish lasting peace,” Sediqqi tweeted out.

“The time has come for the Taliban to renounce violence and enter the peace process in a realistic way.”

The NSC said, targeting women, children and innocent people is an “unforgivable crime.”

“These groups do not spare any means to create fear and panic,” their statement read.

Meanwhile the 209 Shaheen Corps reported clashes with the Taliban in Faryab and Balkh provinces on Saturday.

In Faryab, 14 Taliban were killed and 11 injured, including the commander of the Red Group, when they attacked the security forces in Dawlatabad district.

Three Taliban were killed and injured when they attacked a battalion on Saturday afternoon in Mir Qasim Jan village in Chimtal district of Balkh province.

There are also reports of clashes with the security forces near Pul-e-Khumri city in Baghlan.

Media reports that around 100 passenger buses have been trapped on the Baghlan-Samangan highway as a result.

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