Security gains to be protected in peace talks: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said his government would protect the achievements made by the security forces,praising their sacrificesin defending their homeland.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony for new building for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), he acknowledged last year was full of problems but the security forces proved they were ready to sacrifice to make Afghanistan independent.
He assured the peace process would not damage the professionalism and independence of Afghan forces. The achievements made by them would not be lost to political expediency, he reiterated.
“Every Afghan wants peace; we are not the initiators of the ongoing war. It has been imposed on us and we are on the right track in defending our territory and Islamic values,” he remarked.
His administration would use all available resources to establish peace with honour, the president said, stressing elaborate preparations for maintaining security.
The security forces could not afford to lower their guard even for a single second, he added. “Law enforcement is a key goal of the government and we hope police would do their real job of enforcing the law...”
Ghani’s remarks comeat a time of a renewed push for peace talks between the government and the Taliban.There are hopes the peace process would resume in the near future.
He claimed: “Our enemies wanted to divide Afghanistan into two political, geographic entities. Bur our security forces thwarted thenefarious plan by fighting courageously against the enemies.”
He welcomed support from the international community to war-torn Afghanistan, citing this famous English proverb: A friend in need is a friend indeed.
“Our police personnel have access to facilities comparable to those used by America police. Structural reforms, not infrastructure development, could heal our pain,” he commented.
However, Ghani called the bureaucratic red tape in security organs andthe old filing system unacceptable. The security organs took a year providing affidavits to the families of martyred security personnel, he alleged.
Warlords had grabbed millions of acres of state land, but the government had failed to provide a few hundred acres of land to families of fallen security officials, he regretted, asking police to control the illegal practice.
“All our contracts with security organs should be bilateral. But unfortunately, the contracts with security organs are unilateral. We always demand courage and sacrifices from our forces but have not discharged our responsibility to them,” he admitted.
The president stressed the need for reforms in the security establishment, saying the growing police casualties needed to be minimised.
The new MoI building, costing $210 million provided by the United States, has been constructed over 173 acres of land on the Kabul Airport road.
The facility contains 29 sub-buildings including offices of the minister and deputy ministers, three dining halls, administrative rooms and abig auditorium.
Minister of Interior Noorul Haq Ulumi also appreciated Afghan forces’ sacrifices and said history would never forget their services.
“This headquarterswill become a centrefor law enforcement in the entire country, campaign against corruption, implementation of people’s rights and protectionof the national interest,” he pledged.
Ulumi said his ministry would implement long-term reforms, including improvement of the ministry’s performance and fighting against administrative corruption.
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