Sayyaf against mujahideen’s symbolic role in govt
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf said on Saturday that he was against giving mujahideen a symbolic role in the government and wanted their say and strong presence in the system.
Speaking at a gathering marking the 23rd Mujahideen’s Victory Day at the Presidential Palace, Sayyaf said the mujahideen with their bravery and victory had defended the nation’s dignity and independence.
Calling the Afghans a mujahid nation, Sayyaf said every Afghan had somehow participated in the defeat of the red army.
In a veiled reference to the Taliban, he said a handful of individuals who killed innocent people could never be entitled as mujahideen. He said he was not against the unity government but wanted more an effective role for mujahideen in the set up.
Hundreds of government officials, ulema, former jihadi leaders and elders attended the event. Sayyaf warned those trying to damage the dignity and status of mujahideen actually played with the honor and dignity of the Afghan nation.
He said mujahideen had never been grabber and autocratic. It were their sacrifices that brought independence twice to the nation against invaders, he said, calling on the unity government to foil anti-mujahideen propaganda.
“Mujahideen have proved they are good fighters, they showed how to beat the enemy, helped with the country’s reconstruction and development that took place during the past 13 years,” the former jihadi leader said.
He reminded President Ashraf Ghani of his election campaign pledge to overcome the distance between mosque and the Presidential Palace.
Sayyaf said he had never wished weakening the government, but sought a proactive role for mujhideen in the regime.
He said reforms in the system to eliminate corruption and immoral acts would ensure their success. “By having such characters, the enemy will never be able to defeat us,” he noted.
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