Presidential address evokes positive response from Kabul residents
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul residents on Monday welcomed President Ashraf Ghani’s speechon security and the peace process, saying they were supportiveof his stance against terrorist groups.
Addressing a joint sitting of the parliament, Ghani denounced terrorist outfits, including the Haqqani Network, Al Qaeda, Daesh (Islamic State) and some Taliban factions, as the enemies of Afghanistan.
He warned the enemies of a decisive action, including the death penalty, saying there was no room for foreign slaves. However, he kept open the door of peace talks for those who opted for peace and accept the country’s constitution. The chance was for a limited time, he explained.
Ghani asked Pakistan to remain committed to its counterterrorism promises; otherwise his administration would move the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and mount a diplomatic campaign against the neighbour.
Zainab Azizi, a resident of Kabul, said: “As an Afghan, I stoutly support President Ghani’s stance against terrorists. But his actions must match his words. I have noted a clear change in his policy on Pakistan.”
She also referred to the president’s definition of the enemy, as well as his resolve to punish criminals. “The president will rekindle hope among the people only when he takes practicalaction,” she maintained.
But Yama Quraishi, another inhabitant of the capital, characterized Ghani’s address as symbolic -- just like his slogans on the campaign trail. “Yes, he has told apart friends and enemies, but we are waiting to see whether he follows up on his vows.”
Ghani pointed to some important issues during his speech, according Qayam Achakzai, who hopedthe president would make determined efforts to boost security, stabilise the political situation and strengthen the economy on a war footing.
He said the government needed public support in implementing its plans and decisions. The people must swing behind their rulers in protecting the core national interest, including Afghanistan’s sovereignty.