KABUL (Pajhwok): US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass on Tuesday termed the Taliban’s warning to attack election process as ‘an attack on the people of Afghanistan.’
Bass tweeted the election was an opportunity for the people of Afghanistan to come together and make a choice about their future.
“Elections are a civilian process.  When the Taliban say they are going attack the elections, what they’re saying is that they are going to attack the Afghan people.  That is fundamentally at odds with a commitment to pursuing peace,” the ambassador said during a roundtable on the Afghan parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct 20.
The Taliban on Monday warned of attacking security forces during the upcoming parliamentary elections, but promised taking all possible measures to spare civilians and take care of their properties.
The warning from the Taliban comes as US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Afghan leaders to discuss ways of ending the 17-year-old war in the country.
Denouncing the vote as a “malicious American conspiracy”, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they would pull no punches to disrupt the ballot.
Campaign for the election kicked off on September 31 and will continue until October 17, ending just three days before the Election Day.
Election contenders reaching in number 2,065 nationwide, including 804 in Kabul, have been busy wooing voters by holding rallies, meetings and decorating roads and streets with their posters.

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