On Wednesday morning in Kabul, unknown assailants attacked the motorcade of the first Vice-President of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh. The politician was not injured during the attempt. This event underlines how complex is the current situation of Afghanistan due to the Talibans’ activities and the presence of jihadist fighters linked to the Islamic State and foreing actors.
According to the Afghan Interior Ministry, a powerful explosion occurred on the way of the motorcade. The attack killed at least 10 people and injured 16 others. Meanwhile, Saleh’s press service confirmed the information about the attack and noted that his guards were injured in the explosion. The Vice President himself recorded a video message in which he said that he received minor injuries to his hand and face.
The Talibans have denied any involvement in the attempt on Saleh’s life. Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and other political leaders condemned the attack. The head of the Supreme Council for national reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, and some other politicians visited Saleh.
Why this matters? Because recently Saleh made a number of controversial statements which local observers descibed as anti-Pakistan. Furhtermore, this terrorist attacks highglights how serious is the security situation in Afghanistan after the United States signed a deal to withdrawn American troops in the country (Washington signed a deal with the Taliban, but this is not the end of the war).
As H.E. Helena Malikyar noted when our organisation met her last March, Afghanistan plays a decisive role in the Eurasian geopolitics because of its strategic position which can be also conisdered an economic asset (Afghanistan today: security status and possible future development. Meeting with H.E. Helena Malikyar the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Italy).
Malikyar stated that “The current government is actively working on transforming Afghanistan from a backyard of regional proxy wars into the ‘crossroads of Asia’ in terms of trade. With improved road systems and extension of railroads of neighbouring states, President Ghani’s connectivity plan will transform Afghanistan into a transit hub for trade between Central, South and West Asia. So, there are real and tangible possibilities for economic development for Afghanistan, which can also bring prosperity and stability to the entire region”.
A stable and prosperous Afghanistan seems to be a dream nowadays considering the series of terrorist attacks which have affected the national security ()with significant repercussions on the Afghan economic stability and the local dialogue between the Talibans and the current government.