Taliban serving outsiders’ interests, says Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Wednesday said terrorist groups fighting in several provinces aimed to create fear and accomplish the goals of outsiders and drug smugglers.
In a statement, the Presidential Palace said President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday chaired an extraordinary Cabinet meeting on the security situation of Faryab, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.
Deputy Chief of Army Staff General Murad Ali Murad and Acting Governor of Kunduz Hamdullah Danishi briefed the meeting via video teleconference on the latest security developments in Kunduz province, the statement in English said.
President Ghani told the meeting that preliminary assessments by intelligence agencies showed terrorist groups in Afghanistan were criminal groups and Taliban and foreign terrorists with unforgivable crimes wanted to serve the interests of outsiders and drug smugglers.
The president said that “we are faced with a treacherous and devious enemy who is financed from external sources and narcotics, and who attack the life, property and dignity of people for the interests of outsiders.”
Ghani once again praised the security and defense forces for fighting against the terrorists, and said: “Our courageous and brave armed forces want Afghanistan to move forward and its people to live together in freedom, independence and prosperity.”
He said “we maintain and promote rule of law, security and welfare, whereas the terrorists resort to violence, murder, intimidation and extrajudicial trials.”
General Murad said the security and defense forces of Afghanistan “have not committed any acts and violations of human rights,” and reassured the President that the security and defense forces, following the laws of the land and complying with international conventions, would protect the lives and properties of people.
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