Abdullah acknowledges security flaws in Kunduz
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said terrorism did not have any religion, ethnicity or tribe, but in some cases the scourge and Taliban atrocities were justified.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Abdullah said the recent Kunduz incident was a major conspiracy, assuring all residents the government would leave no stone unturned to ensure their security.
“The Kunduz attack showed that today’s Taliban and the previous ones have no differences when it comes to crimes and barbarism. The crimes that were committed in Kunduz should not be justified,” he remarked.
A week ago, the Taliban overran Kunduz City and took control of the provincial capital for three days, before being driven out by the security forces.
Abdullah acknowledged shortcomings in Kunduz security, saying it meant that the government had not done its job properly. However, it remained accountable to the masses, he added.
“The fundamental question of Kunduz people is that they came here many times and presented their observations about the situation in their province,” Abdullah pointed out.
“Months ago, there were predictionsof attacks on Kunduz, but why it wasn’t prevented is a question we should have a satisfactory answer to,” said the ex-foreign minister.
The CEO said terrorism did not have any religion, nation or tribe, but it was unfortunate that the menace and crimes by Taliban were justified at times by the government’s position.
Abdullah said in justification for the enemy should not be allowed from inside the government and there should be a clear distinction between the enemy, terrorism and Taliban and the government and the people.
“Whatever differences we have should be put aside, but against the enemy we should stand in a single line,” he stressed, saying appointmentsof officials in the provinceswith higher security threats be reviewed.
Abdullah said different groups interfered in the security sector and hampered the decision-making process.He welcomed offers of support from the people and mujahideen groups to security forces. “In case of necessity and in the framework of government, we will utilize the services of our people.”
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