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Afghan govt vows tit-for-tat response to Taliban raids

Afghan govt vows tit-for-tat response to Taliban raids

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Apr 21, 2016 - 17:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Officials on Thursday said the Afghan government would respond ‘tit-for-tat’ to Talibaninfo-icon’s attacks and would show no mercy to them in future.

This was stated by National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Tawab Ghorzang at a joint news conference with the spokesmen of the Presidential Palace, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) here.

Ghorzang said the government had been of the view it wanted to reach a peace deal with the insurgents, who responded in negative, shattering the Afghans’ hope for peace.

“Therefore, we will continue to use all our resources to eliminate the rebels and protect our country and our people,” he said.

He said the president had ordered all security forces to show no mercy to militants during clashes.

Currently 15 military operations are underway in different parts of the country and security forces are advancing, Ghorzang added.

CEO spokesman Javed Faisal said the Afghan government would respond to insurgent attacks with attacks.

“The Taliban and other terrorist groups have responded to our peace request with war, therefore we are also ready to give them a similar response,” he said.

Faisal added politicians should not focus only on criticising the performance of the government, but should also raise their voices to protect national interests and condemn terrorist groups.

He said militants were fighting for the interests of foreigners. “We know the situation will not get better until training centers and financial sources of terrorists remain intact and the entire region remains silent and Pakistaninfo-icon does not honour its promises about the phenomenon,” he said.

IDLG spokesman Manija Yousufzada also said the president had asked all governors and local officials to mobilise uprising groups and support security forces.

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