Wardak calls for unity to foil conspiracies
Unity was more effective than weapons and security forces in addressing Afghanistan's problems, the minister told a gathering in Kabul.
Attended hundreds of jihadist leaders, government officials and representatives of foreign countries, the event marked the start to the annual Martyrs Week.
"Afghanistan has historically been a victim of conspiracies and all countrymen should play their role in foiling such plots," he said without elaborating.
Enemies within and outside Afghanistan were still trying to weaken the country, the defence minister said, without naming anyone.
He paid rich tributes Ahmed Shah Massoud, Haji Abdul Qadeer, Haji Abdul Haq, Abdul Ali Mazari, Abdul Ahad Karzai and others for laying down their lives to defend their country.
The assassination of Massoud by two Arab nationals in Takhar province 10 years ago in the first-ever suicide attack in Afghanistan was a huge national loss, Wardak said.
First Vice-President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, hailing the jihad against the former Soviet Union as a golden period, criticised the government for ignoring jihadi leaders.
Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, the High Peace Council head and one of jihadi leaders, also underlined the need for unity to address Afghanistan's problems.
He recalled the sacrifices of martyrs, praising Afghans as mujahideen. The ex-president asked the government to work for the country's prosperity on a priority basis.
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