As Afghanistan security deteriorates, anger against Pakistan rises: Herein lies an opportunity for India
Editor’s note: Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a three-day visit to the US, where it is believed that terrorism – especially the type that affects Afghanistan and threatens to destabilize the region – will be a subject widely discussed during its Meetings with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson President and Donald Trump, among others.
In this spirit, the following article aims at Afghan security problems under the scanner.
“The insurgency for change” is the chanting of angry and aggravated protesters, swarming the streets of Kabul, demanding the resignation of President Ashraf Ghani and the revoking of his national security adviser Hanif Atmar.
Protests that began after the bombing in Kabul on May 31 did not decline, despite several cases of taking photographs:
The last to be on June 20 at Sherpur Square, resulting in the death of a 16-year-old boy and Badakshan Ejaz ul Haq (a relative of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, head of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) Panjshir.
Today, Afghanistan faces a level of ethnic cleavage and sectarian violence that has not been seen since the early 1990s.
To remember: Even Afghanistan, a country that has faced a war without quarter and terrible violence for more than a quarter of a century, was surprised by the magnitude of the explosion that affected to Kabul, 31 of May of the peak Of the morning rush hour for the office, in the first week of the holy month of Ramadan.
A truck used to clean sewage exploded outside the German embassy on the Wazir Akbar Khan Road in the main diplomatic area and heavily guarded Kabul.
The death toll has surpassed 150 and the number of seriously injured people exceeded 400. Witnesses spoke of blood, body parts and scattered remains of up to 500 meters from the blast: residents said they felt an earthquake and a Smoke was sent to the sky.
Buildings and embassies in more than two kilometers were affected, and a crater 15 feet wide was formed at the site of the blast.
Since then, pain, diatribes, recriminations and conspiracy theories have filled Kabul, all of which highlighted the growing fragility of the national unity government.
According to the National Security Directorate (NDS) and the Afghan police, the bomb consisted of 1,500 kilograms of military explosives – RDX – that had been placed in a sewage tanker.
There is no wastewater discharge system in Afghanistan, and contracts are awarded for the disposal of sewage to the premises after extensive background checks by local police, especially for entrepreneurs who serve the “green zone” The diplomatic zone which is also the presidential palace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and NDS.
The questions have been raised by the local people, the opposition, the diplomatic corps and NATO commander as to how the truck – carrying out a large quantity of explosives – could have passed several unanswered checkpoints.
The truck route, given the one-way divisions and concrete blocks placed on the road to safety, as we have seen on the map, should have gone through the MOFA and NDS, through a myriad of checkpoints that Leads to the presidential palace to meet in Zanbaq place, towards a checkpoint next to the Embassy of Germany in which it exploded. On the other hand, this checkpoint leads directly to the embassy of India.