Come face-to-face, Ghani challenges rebels
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday arrived in eastern Nangarhar province to meet famlies of the victims of Saturday's suicide bombing that kiled at least 33 people and injured more than 100.
Speaking at a gathering with familes of the victims and local officials, tribal and religious leaders in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, the two leaders said that the enemies of Afghanistan would never succeed in their nefarious designs to overthrow the Constitutionally-elected government.
Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the National Security Adviser, and other high-ranking officials accompanied the president and the CEO.
Ghani said the strategy of war had changed completely, and "the enemy should know that they can’t overthrow the government by killing innocent children and women.”
“The enemy should come face-to-face with our valiant security forces if they have the courage. Staging attacks in public places is a shameful and coward act,” the president said.
Chechens, Chinese and central Asian terrorists wanted to weaken morale of the Afghan nation and spread terror, he said. "They should know we will not bow down to terrorism." The president urged people to stand united against terrorists and set aside their internal enmities.
CEO Abdullah called the massacre in Jalalabad "a national tragedy” and said all Afghans mourned the victims, which was a reflection of national unity.
Professor Shair Hassan Kamalzai urged the two leaders to appoint new governor in Nangarhar and take notice of administrative corruption in the province.
Zabit Amir Mohammad, a former provincial council member and local elder, demanded th government take steps to reverse the tide of insecurity in the country.
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