Don’t sacrifice Afghanistan, Gen. Raziq tells govt
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The Kandahar police chief on Sunday urged the unity government not to sacrifice the country at the cost of achieving peace.
Gen. Abdul Raziq was addressing a gathering held in honour of the newly-appointed governor of southern Kandahar province at the governor’s house in Kandahar City, the provincial capital.
Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) officials, Wolesi Jirga members from Kandahar, tribal elders, influential figures and dozens of civil and military officials attended the gathering.
“It is my request to the unity government not to sacrifice Afghanistan in the name of peace talks,” Gen. Raziq said.
He said whatever achievements security forces of the country had made over the past few years, they made them at the expense of their lives.
He alleged foreign intelligence agencies had infiltrated the system and had started cutting deals on the heads of Afghans and provinces.
“I know it and if necessary, I will present evidence before the nation. The High Peace Council has started cutting deal with the killer of Afghans, Maulvi Abdul Qayum Zakir, and they work how to kill me and (Balkh governor) Ustad Atta (Mohammad Noor and others,” the police chief added.
A furious Gen. Raziq said he had not looted someone’s honour and property, but had always defended people’s honour and the country’s soil.
“If we have committed crimes, hang us in public because many youth had been hanged and we are not good from them. But this is not good that one day we are sold out in Qatar and other day in the UAE.”
The police chief said they did not want peace that cut Afghanistan into pieces because such a deal would create Musa Qala-like situation in every part of the country.
He said he had been serving the country since he was 18-year-old and he lost his father, brother and other family members during the period. “Don’t kill us at the hands of Punjabis.”
In response to his remarks, Abdullah said there was no doubt in the fact that the majority of Afghans and the government wanted real peace in the country.
He questioned who would like the bloodshed to continue in the country and that peace never meant cutting deals on national interest.
“The national unity government has made its stance clear on peace that what we want. We were somehow optimistic and then again the old experiments were applied on us, but our goals had been protection of national interest.”
However, Abdullah assured that no deal would be cut on the blood of Afghans rather their sacrifices would be honoured.
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