Education Year Ended with Violence in the South

The enemies of peace and stability killed a teacher in front of the school students in southern Helmand province last Thursday. Mohammed Harif was shot to death by the Taliban insurgents after he ignored their orders to stop teaching girls. The attack was carried out by two armed men riding a motorcycle. Teacher Mohammed Harif received many warning letters from the Taliban to stop teaching but he was still teaching the girl and boy students. In a different attack in the same province on Saturday, the rebels opened fire at the school students. These students were waiting to get their final results when two armed men opened fire at them from a motorcycle. The attack killed a 12th grade student, plus a school watchman.

In another two southern provinces, 4 more education workers have been killed by the Taliban guerillas. The Taliban banned girls education during their government so therefore the guerillas have carried out many attacks on the schools teaching girls and they have burnt many school during the night time. But recently they are killing the girls school's teachers and they also killed a student and a watchman in their last attack. In my opinon the Taliban realized that they can not stop female education by burning the girls school so now they are cowardly killing the innocent teachers so no teacher teachs in the girls school. But our brave teachers will continue their teaching despite the enemy's threats.

The education year just ended in Afghanistan and the students are off for 3 months winter holiday so when the holidays finish after 3 months and new educational year starts all school girls should have security guards at the gate to provide security for the girls schools. In the capital Kabul there are security forces in most girls high school so i hope the government will put security guards at every provincial girls school to provide security for the school so the coward enemies will not be able to attack the girls schools.




Britain to fight drugs

According to the BBC news, the British government will deploy several thousand soldiers and civilian advisers in order to fight the illegal drugs trade and smuggling in Afghanistan. In my opinion it is a great step to eradicate the drugs trade and traffickers and I am sure the British forces deployment will be very useful. Although Afghan anti-narcotics forces are fighting against the drugs smuggling, they do not have enough forces and equipment to defeat the drugs traffickers. Many Afghan people believe that some warlords and some traffickers linked to the Taliban are involved in the drugs trade and they think some police forces are bribed by the smugglers because their salaries are very low. One policeman only makes US$75 to US$100 a month which is not enough to support themselves and their family. So the British forces will play a key role against the drugs smugglers. Most drug traffickers operate in rural and mountainous areas which are hard for Afghan forces to reach, but the British paratroop-led unit will easily reach those areas.

Most opium is grown in the southern provinces and southern Helmand province is one of the biggest drugs market and the drug traffickers smuggle drugs across the Pakistani border. So in the presence of British forces it would be very hard for the traffickers to deal and smuggle drugs. On the other hand the British forces will train a brigade of 3,000 soldiers for the emerging Afghan National Army and 1800 National police forces and these forces will learn better techniques from the British trainers. We welcome the British forces deployment. Although we fought with the British Army during colonial times, in the 19th century, but that is the past. Now we have to forget the past and work together for a better world. Now Afghans know that Britsh people are their friends and they came here to help us. So if the British soldiers treat our people with respect, I am sure our people will respect them and support them. We hope the British forces start their operations as soon as they get settled in. I am sure the British soldiers will defeat the drug traffickers and this war will be successful.


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