Islamabad out to install puppet govt in Kabul, CEO alleges
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah on Wednesday said the Afghan government desired lasting friendship with the neighbours but would never accept intimidation into promoting the interest of others.
Address a gathering on the 14th death anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud and Martyrs Week, Abdullah alleged one neighbouring country -- a not-so-veiled reference to Pakistan -- was trying to have a subservient government in Kabul.
The ex-Soviet Union, then a superpower, could not control Afghanistan because its people did not accept subjugation, he argued. Afghanistan wanted sustainable peace in the region, but would never accept suppression, discrimination and injustice.
On the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan, he insisted Kabul had always favoured friendly relationships with neighbours based on mutual respect. “Those supporting terrorism dream of dismembering country,” he remarked.
Abdullah told the gathering the Taliban thought the government would collapse by the end of 2014 and had been preparing to install own administration. The main strength of the government was the public that might have many complaints against their rulers, he added.
While acknowledging the poor security situation, the CEO indicated the problem drag on for a long time. The challenge could not be addressed in a day or two, the ex-foreign minister explained.
Commenting on growing insecurity, joblessness and exodus of youth from the country, the CEO said he was not feeling comfortable in his position. “We are faced with a big trial we have to go past the stage. We accept criticism and want to resolve problems.”
Another commemoration ceremony was attended by former president Hamid Karzai, 1st Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, former vice-president Mohammad Younus Qanuni and Deputy CEO Eng. Mohammad Khan.
President’s Special Representative on Reform and Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud, Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi, Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai, Chief Justice Syed Yousuf Haleem, Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Meshrano Jirga Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, jihadi leaders Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Ismail Khan, Chief of Army Staff Qadam Shah Shaheem and Massoud Foundation head Ahmad Wali Massoud.
Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, former jihadi commanders, security officials and diplomats also took part in the event.
Massoud was killed by two Arab attackers, posing as journalists, in Takhar province on September 9, 2001, two days before the 9/11 attacks. Taliban and Al Qaeda were blamed for his assassination.
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