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Editorial: Civilians in conflict

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During the prolong war in Afghanistan from 2001—persent, a lots of civilians beside security personnel have been killed or wounded due to war-related violence. Both, the Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces caused causalities. But most Afghan civilians deaths caused by the insurgent attacks. Foreign forces, mostly in air attacks also caused causalities to the civilians. Airstrikes of the foreign forces prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed and wounded. Civilians have been trap in butcher table, and still losing lives in the global campaign of war on terror. The United Nations Assistance Mission released it is latest civilians casualties report in Afghanistan, showing a two percent increase in civilians deaths as compared to the same period last year. Extreme harm to civilians continued amid a worsening tool from suicide attacks, and greater impact on women and children. This is absolutely annoying news. A total of 1,662 civilian deaths were confirmed between 1 January and 30 June and the number of civilians injured in the same period fell one percent to 3,581. 40 percent of all civilian casualties during the six-month period were killed or injured by anti-government forces using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices, which were responsible for the deaths of 596 civilians and injured 1,483. The bothersome is that many of those casualties occurred in a single attack in Kabul city on 31 May, when a truck bomb killed at least 92 civilians and injured nearly 500, the deadliest incident documented since 2001. Meanwhile, UNAMA commends the Afghan security forces for their continued efforts to reduce civilian casualties resulting from ground engagements, which represent the second leading cause of deaths and injuries. The figures demonstrate a 10 percent reduction in civilian casualties from ground engagements in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with 434 confirmed deaths and 1,275 injuries. The decrease is attributed to a reduction in casualties caused by indirect and/or explosive weapons, mostly mortars, used by pro-government forces. The most irritating one is when UNAMA reported that one percent of total civilian killing caused by Pakistani cross shelling into civilian areas. Foreign forces who are engaged in direct war against terrorism caused two percent causalities, but Pakistan attributed one percent in such a situation that also supporting and harboring militant outfits that killed most of 1,662 civilians, and wounded 3,581. The government and international community have to grasp the neck of Pakistan over such atrocity against Afghan civilians. Moreover, it is Pakistan that has been supporting militant groups to carry out destruction activates that caused to death of civilians. Once Pakistan halts its backing insurgency, civilian causalities figures would decrease dramatically. Now Pakistan is equally accountable for death of civilians caused by militants—an evil group that can’t last a day sans Pakistan shore up.