Jihadi leaders seek security role but Ghani cites problems
KABUL (Pajhwok): Jihadi leaders and politicians have urged the government to provide a framework for using jihadi and uprising forces against insurgents, but President Ashraf Ghani takes issue with the proposal on legal and administrative grounds.
Following the expansion of insecurity across the country, jihadi and political figures have gathered many times in Kabul, Parwan and other provinces to mobilise the people for the defence of the country.
The jihadi leaders held the latest meeting in Paghman district to evaluate the security situation in Kunduz, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Paktika, Nangarhar, Farah and other provinces.
Chaired by Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, the meeting was attended by Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, President’s special representative for reform and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud and former vice-president Karim Khalili.
Zalmai Rassoul, former foreign minister, Omar Daudzai, ex-interior minister, Bismillah Mohammadi and Abdul Rahim Wardak, former defence ministers, were also in attendance.
In a statement, Sayyaf said recent attacks in Kunduz City had been condemned and sacrifices of the security forces lauded. “Attacks on Kunduz City were the handiwork of foreign terrorists and foreign slaves.”
Despite some reservations the attendees had about the performance of the government, Sayyaf said, they had announced their readiness to safeguard the national interest, sovereignty and political independence.
They also urged the masses to support the security forces. The session called on the government to provide a framework for the use of jihadi and uprising forces as soon as possible. They decided to continue with such meetings until security improved.
Earlier, Sayyaf had urged the government to mobilise the people against the country’s enemies or they would do it themselves. He had said mujahideen’s role in the fight against insurgents should not be neglected.
President Ghani, expressing gratitude to all those Afghans who announced readiness to pick up arms against the rebels, made clear that the mobilisation and use of arms would happen only in the framework of the government.
“We welcome this spirit of patriotism, but for the creation of trust and rule of law it is necessary that all these individuals be guided to the ranks of police and army,” the president explained.
Meanwhile, security officials in northeastern Badakhshan province said they had retaken Baharak district that fell to the Taliban on Friday night with the help of 10 jihadi commanders and their 300 fighters.
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