Massoud Andarabi, Interior Minister, and Ahmad Zia Siraj, Head of NDS were summoned to answer senators in Meshrano Jirga (Upper House).

Both government officials blamed the Taliban for the targeted killings, and that the Taliban are responsible for 99% of attacks and violence in Afghanistan.

While speaking to the senators, Interior Minister, Andarabi said the Taliban had major plans to put the nation on the verge of collapse, but were prevented and they have turned into targeted killings, he added: “Taliban are seeking leverage in the peace efforts by putting pressure on the government through IED bombings and distracts attacks”.

Suspects who were arrested over assassinations have confessed that the Taliban have launched operations under the name of ‘Obaida’ in Logar province, this was established to target government employees, journalists, activists, public figures, to turn people against the government, Andarabi told the Upper House of the parliament.

NDS Chief, Ahmad Zia Siraj at his turn of speech addressed the Senate, saying over 18,200 insurgency attacks have occurred in the country “99% of them by the Taliban”.

He indicated that the Taliban’s Haqqani Network is also involved in the targeted killings, adding that IS-K Daesh is responsible for one percent of the attacks in the nation.

According to Siraj, out of 6,100 recent detainees in the country, 3,600 of them were involved in insurgency acts, and that 70 of the captured insurgents were involved in target killings as seven others wanted to carry out suicide attacks.

This comes in a time, the security situation in the country has worsened amid Doha peace talks.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.