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Election related violence on the rise in Afghanistan, UN warns

By Ghanizada - Tue Mar 18 2014, 7:16 am

201224113638881797_20The UN special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said Monday that he is “gravely disturbed” at the Taliban’s recent statement that it will unleash a campaign of terror to disrupt the election process in Afghanistan.

Jan Kubis urged all the citizens of Afghanistan to vote and not let spoilers and terrorists deprive their choice and future.

He said the election related violence has been lower till to date than in 2009 or 2010 even though the security has increased in Afghanistan.

However, he said the election violence is on the rise and security  will have a major impact on these polls.

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan warned the Afghan people not participate in the upcoming presidential elections and said America is looking to prolong its presence and occupation of Afghanistan through an indirect method – elections.

Taliban warned to use all force at its disposal to disrupt the upcoming presidential election and target all election workers, activists, callers, security apparatus and offices.

The group through a statement urged the Afghan people to keep away from electoral offices, voting booths, rallies and campaigns so that their lives are not put in to danger.

Taliban also called on the Ulama (religious scholars), spiritual leaders, elders, famous personalities as well as the teachers and well educated people of the Madaris (religious seminaries), schools and universities to prevent Afghans from participating in elections.

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