Rising violence in Afghanistan has killed over 3,700 people this year, a rate fourfold greater than last year, said a report on Monday.
The report, released by Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB), said the insurgents and terrorist-related security incidents in this country have increased from less than 300 per month by end-March 2006 to over 600 per month by end-September, compared with average of approximately 130 per month in 2005.
The JCMB, which consists of 28 Afghan and international officials, is charged with overseeing the implementation of a five- year blue print for Afghan reconstruction signed in February.
"Insecurity in the south should not be permitted to detract from delivering sustainable economic development in the rest of the country," the report said, adding that Southern Afghanistan has been the focus of conflicts between militants and government as well as foreign troops.
"The scourge of the narcotics industry has significantly helped fuel the ongoing insurgency in the four southern provinces, undermining efforts to improve governance and reduce corruption," according to the report.
"The overall pace of economic development has been much slower and more geographically limited than had been hoped,"it said.
The 19-page report emphasized the critical challenge before this country is to deliver tangible results that will make a noticeable difference in daily life of Afghans.