Taliban Attack on Afghan Parliament in Kabul
Afghan troops being trained by NATO at one of the military training centres in Kabul. Photo: UNAMA
It is absolutely clear that Afghanistan continues to need the support of the international community, as well as the sustained attention of the Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN mission in the country said Monday, warning the Security Council that there is no room for “complacency.”
“Since my last briefing, there has been progress in meeting Afghanistan’s challenges in three distinct but interrelated areas: economic, security and political,” Mr. Haysom reported, stressing that failure in any one of these areas would have consequences for the overall success of the Afghan transition.
Just, this morning (Monday), the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which Mr. Haysom heads condemned an attack in which a large car bomb, which detonated outside the Afghan Parliament buildings in Kabul, allowed gunmen to enter the compound.
As parliament members were meeting to vote on a new Afghan defense minister, a gunfight with police killed at least eight attackers and left a number of civilians injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the assault on parliament “as yet another unacceptable attack on civilians in Afghanistan.”
While terrorist attacks and human rights violations are happening at an alarming rate all across the world, the UN has failed miserably in finding peaceful solution to any of the conflicts. The UN Secretary-General and other top UN officials are doing nothing to stop terrorism and other crimes except issuing statements which are utterly useless and meaningless.
In the given situation, the UN member countries must challenge the role of this intergovernmental organization and stop financing it. All the funds given by the member states are being squandered by the UN which is now overstaffed with unskilled officials. Believe me, UN has lost its relevance.
In addition, just two days ago, 16 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed when a bus hit an improvised explosive device.