Ordinary Afghans still hopeful for future despite violence

KABUL (Tolo News): Almost a week after a rocket attack on the Presidential Palace during Eid prayers, ordinary Afghans criticized those commit such acts and said despite the ongoing violence they still remain hopeful about a brighter future and they will make efforts for it.
TOLOnews reporter Khaled Nikzad interviewed residents of Parwan-e-Se area in the north of Kabul from where at least three rockets were fired toward the Presidential Palace on July 20. These residents said the attempts to impose violence and destruction by terrorist groups on them will not affect their will and hope for a brighter future for Afghanistan.
Some of those interviewed were students from a school that is located near the area from where the rockets were fired. “We were disappointed. I wanted to go to school but my mother asked me not to go because another incident might happen. I told her that I will go to school to build my country,” said Sadaf, a student.
“Our students are thinking about building this country, but the Taliban always thinks about violence and the destruction of Afghanistan,” said Maryam, a schoolteacher. The rocket attack sparked a widespread reaction within the country and abroad. The Ministry of Interior Affairs said last week that the main perpetrator behind the incident had been arrested. The ministry blamed the Taliban for the incident, but the group has denied involvement.
At a bakery in the same area, Mahbubullah, a baker, said he has bitter experiences from the war, but he hopes that Afghanistan will achieve peace. “Peace is good if it comes. It will be in our favor. For our next generation and next generations,” Mahbubullah said. “Their aim is destruction, killing, insecurity and to create fear among the people, nothing else,” said Haji Farid, a Kabul resident.
The Afghan government has not yet completed its assessment of the incident in which three rockets landed near the Presidential Palace when the Eid prayers were underway. “Terrorist attacks are complicated in the world and as it gets complicated, their prevention becomes difficult, but what is evident is that terrorists do not even have respect for prayers,” the ANDSF spokesman Gen. Ajmal Shinwari said. “The Taliban should respect the citizens’ basic rights, recognize them as it is the demand of all rights watchdogs and the people,” said Zabihullah Farhang, a media official of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.