Fight to stabilise Afghanistan underway: CEO
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday said the fight to stabilise Afghanistan was underway and the nation should continue making joint efforts at ensuring peace in the country.
Addressing a ceremony marking the 23rd anniversary of the Mujahideen’s victory over the former Soviet forces, Abdullah said jihad was a pride for the Afghans and its achievements had been recorded in history.
Abdullah called jihad a national and religious duty and said the Afghans had defended Islam and their country by sacrificing their lives.
He said Afghans currently experienced big problems and challenges against them had multiplied. Only a strong commitment to protect the national interest, honestly and people’s trust could help the unity government succeed, the CEO added.
Abdullah said a strong determination and honesty in actions would enable the government to address the current problems and win people’s hearts. “Our enemies are fighting in the name of jihad against civilians and their actions have never met Islamic rules,” he added.
He said the existence of gap between the government and the masses resulted in losing people’s support for security forces and left negative impact on good governance.
About peace negotiations with the Taliban, Abdullah said, “The efforts for peace talks with the Taliban are underway, but we have to be ready to face the bitter reality of war.”
Afghan and Taliban representatives were scheduled to attend a conference on Afghan peace in Qatar on Sunday.
Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai and a number of Afghan politicians have been invited to the conference.
Qazi Hakim would represent the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA) and the Taliban have confirmed their eight-member delegation would participate in the conference.
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