Attacks on the maternity hospital in Kabul indicate that terrorists with tacit support from their promoters sitting in safe heavens want to further bring chaos in Afghanistan

India has strongly condemned a string of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, including one on a maternity hospital in Kabul in which two newborn babies and 12 others were killed.

“India strongly condemns the barbaric terrorist attacks against innocent civilians, including women and children, at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital maternity ward, funeral in Nangarhar province and the Army check post in Laghman province on 11-12 May,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement issued late evening on Tuesday.

Expressing its shock at the ghastly terror attacks, the MEA said, “Such reprehensible attacks, including on mothers, newly born children, nurses and mourning families are appalling and constitute crimes against humanity.”

Tacitly pointing its fingers towards Pakistan-based terrorist groups, the MEA said, “There can be no justification for such continued acts of terrorism. The perpetrators of such heinous acts and their sponsors and supporters should be held accountable and brought to justice. They should be forced to eradicate safe havens and sanctuaries that have abetted terrorism in the region for decades and caused immense miseries to untold number of people in the region.”

Maintaining that India stands in solidarity with the Afghan people, government and security forces in this time of crisis, the MEA said, “The holy month of Ramzan should be a period of fasting, prayer and reflection. We call for an immediate cessation of terrorist violence and cooperation to deal with the humanitarian situation arising from the spread of coronavirus in Afghanistan”.