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Taliban Are Making Rapid Inroads, Shall We Wake Up Finally?

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Kolkata: This is a fervent appeal to all major world powers to sit up and take a stock of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. The Taliban with tacit support from its like-minded friends are spreading their wings in the country with control over seven provincial capitals in the battle-torn country. Civilians’ lives are at stake and mass murder of innocent souls are rampant.

Peaceful negotiations with the extremist group have failed to yield results as they are bent on stamping their authority all over the country.

But what are we doing? Barring holding meetings and releasing statements condemning the situation, a lackadaisical attitude to the imminent danger is palpable.

India has already asked its nationals to pack their bags and leave Afghanistan as early as possible, a few days back, the United Kingdom made the same request and soon many other countries are to follow suit. But is that the solution? Isn’t it time for retaliation?

Despite reports of Taliban fighters being decimated, the ground reality depicts a contradictory picture that is alarming. The Afghan forces are succumbing to the might of the Taliban who are backed by a larger force to make inroads into the country. Despite sending feelers to the rest of the world that they mean business, the Taliban refuse to adhere to peaceful norms.

On their own volition, they want to seize control over Afghanistan and establish their rule driven by archaic and stringent Islamic laws.

But the world powers are still huddled on confabulations, little do they realise that the Taliban threat would have a cascading effect on the whole world. The US says Afghanistan should handle the crisis on its own but that is escapism as also evident form its hasty decision to withdraw troops from the embattled country.

A hapless former cricketer-turned-PM, Imran Khan feigns ignorance and pretends to be a crying baby desperate to refute the justified innuendos hurled at him for his administration’s complicity with the Taliban. However, there is incriminating proof to castigate Pakistan for inciting Taliban insurgency. It’s time to hold the bull by its horns.

Time is running out – letting this phase pass would boomerang and that will be too late. As per a UN reports some 183 people have lost their lives and over 1200 injured due to the mayhem and the numbers are only going to escalate unless the intruders are nipped in the bud.

The hour calls for shedding differences and counterattacking even if it means plunging the region into a battlefield. The Taliban and their Islamic friends understand the language of the bullet, so any more wastage of time would be a luxury.

Sending olive branches has turned futile, take them on in their own inimitable style. The lives of lakhs of Afghans entitled to peace are left in the lurch – we cannot afford to desert them.

It is pertinent to mention what Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan said. In an emotional appeal, he has requested world leaders not to leave them in chaos. “A thousand families have been displaced. Stop killing  Afghans and destroying Afghanistan. We want peace,” he posted on Twitter. The helplessness is crystal clear. We need to show empathy towards Afghans.

It may be easier said than done but we are at a precarious juncture where mere verbal reviling is sheer profligacy.

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