Kabul: In the second such statement in two weeks, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has called on warring factions in Afghanistan to end the violence in the war-ravaged country.
A statement issued by (AIHRC) on Saturday stated that a woman and her child were killed in a mortar shell fired by government forces on a residential house in the Sabri district of Khost province. Six others were injured, including a woman and a child.
On April 4, AIHRC had in a statement said that at least 21 people, including eight women and 10 children, were injured as a result of clashes between security forces and Taliban militants in The Kotaly area of Alishang district of Laghman Province. AIHRC said that such clashes are not only causing loss of life, but are also the reason behind the financial losses for the people of the area. The AIHRC called the civilian casualties alarming and called on all parties to end the violence, while respecting the collective will of the people to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.
The independent body has also sought an investigation in the incident to ensure justice for the victims of the April 9 tragedy, while stating that the local officials were not cooperative while providing the initial information regarding the incident.
The commission said the Afghan government was expected to take the lead in such cases and, by reporting the truth to the people, fulfill its responsibilities to find the truth, provide justice and ensure that such events do not happen again.
The reports of civilian casualties has been on the rise even as the Afghan government and the Taliban are scheduled to participate in a peace dialogue in Istanbul this month to discuss the Afghan peace plan.