Monday, July 09, 2007

Cure worse than the disease

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs :-

“The overall number of deaths attributed to pro-government forces, which include the ANA [Afghan National Army], ANP [Afghan National Police], NDS [National Directorate of Security] and international military forces, marginally exceeds that caused by anti-government forces”.

Given the high number of civilian casualties due to bombing the Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission called on multinational forces to minimise their current reliance on air strikes .

A former interior minister during the Soviet invasion of 1979-1989 and now a member of parliament, Saeed Mohammad Gholabzoy, said international forces should not repeat the mistakes the Soviets made in Afghanistan said :-

“Stop bombing villages and civilian locations” .

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