Continued strife tears Afghans hope for peace

09:16, March 15, 2010      

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By Abdul Haleem

"I have grown up in war and surely will die in war as I do not anticipate lasting peace in near future," a war-weary Afghan Abdul Wahab said.

Wahab, 57, who came to Kabul from northern Baghlan province to visit his newly graduated son from a military training center hopelessly, said that he worries about his son's future if he is sent to war zonethe southern Helmand province.

Interestingly Wahab's visit to Kabul coincided with the multiple attacks in Taliban birthplace Kandahar the second largest city in Afghanistan.

The militants in the latest waves of violent attacks, conducted series of suicide attacks and roadside bombings Saturday evening and Sunday morning in their former stronghold Kandahar, killing 35 people and injuring over 60 others with majority of whom civilians.

The father of six and war veteran, Wahab recalled that he fought against the former Soviet Union when he was young and now his son is going to take arm and fight against militants.

"It is a tragedy to fight an unending war, to grow in war, to live in war and to die in war," the hapless Wahab lamented.

The aged Wahab is not the only Afghan has fed up with the endless war.

Hundreds of thousands and even millions more Afghan citizens have lost their patience and desperately praying for lasting peace in the war-ravaged country.

"Saturday's attack in Kandahar claimed the lives of bread earners of several families besides making several women widows and several children orphans," another war-weary Afghan citizen Hajji Abdul Manan said.

Lashing at war, Manan said that multiple attacks on cities often claim the life of ordinary people who are the bread earner of their families.

In this regard, he went on to say that similar attack in Kabul weeks ago killed a child and maimed his 12-year-old brother who sold shopping bags.


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