Ghani calls on Taliban to end violence

Speaking at a virtual meeting held with members of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group on Monday afternoon, May 04, President Ashraf Ghani said that the ongoing conflict has put a negative impact on government efforts in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus.

The statement by Afghan president comes while the Taliban have ramped up their military campaign since April 01. Nearly 60 Afghan security forces have lost their lives in multiple Taliban attacks carried out between April 01 and May 04. At least five Afghan security forces were killed when their outpost was detonated by a Taliban car bomb in Nahr-e-Siraj district of the southern Helmand province on Sunday, May 04.

Reports by the Afghan ministry of interior affairs claim that 400 civilians have lost their lives and 600 others have been wounded over last three months.

President Ghani has asked members of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group to put pressure on the Taliban to stop violence.  

Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, who presides EU Commission, and Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan were also present in this virtual meeting. They stressed on an urgent need for collective efforts to fight the global fatal coronavirus pandemic.

President Ghani also urged on collective efforts in the fight against the fatal virus.

According to official record, the total positive cases of coronavirus has reached 3,224 in Afghanistan. 95 Covid-19 patients have died and 421 people, who were infected by the virus, have recovered.