Joint efforts needed to curb terrorism: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said terrorism is a regional threat which should be curbed through joint and regional program.
Ghani expressed these views at Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Russian city, a statement from the Presidential Palace said. The 15th BRICS summit was held on Friday in the Russian Ufa city.
He said two different sides of Afghanistan had been presented; the one which highlights terrorism, drugs and instability where as the second side showed people who believe in election despite being the part of imposed war where 37% of women had casted vote in election.
He said: “The central focus of discussion here is the first picture where as I would like to focus on the second picture of my state.”
“Mostly terrorists come from your countries and use our soil against you and we, as your representative, fight against them,” the president said, adding that terrorists from central Asia, China, Pakistan, Russia and Saudi Arabia had targeted Afghanistan.
Drug is the second largest dilemma of Afghanistan and his country cannot be solely blamed for drugs since drug producers, drug processing, drug smugglers and drug users should be equally responsible, he noted.
Smugglers, he said were getting financial benefits which are used for the development of terrorism.
Afghan security forces had killed two prominent commanders of Daesh and Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan, the president added.
He pointed out that keeping the above points in view, that terrorism and drugs need regional cooperation to be addressed.
The statement stated that Ghani also mentioned to form special regional forum of minister levels against terrorism and drugs and Afghanistan could host such a forum.
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