Ghani vows to crash terrorist elements, protect national interest
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that the people of Afghanistan and its armed forces were engaged in rescuing the region and the world from terrorism and extremism as it they did it in the past by defeating the red army which seemed unstoppable.
Addressing a gathering at Presidential Palace marking the Mujahidin Victory Day, the president said: “The Mujahidin Victory Day would be celebrated until this country is on the map of the world, adding the national unity government decided to celebrate the important historical day across the country.”
Ghani made it clear the matters related to the national interest would not be compromised upon and the unity government was committed to safeguard the national interest at every level. There was no such example in the 5,000 old history of Afghanistan.
“We launched the dialogue process in line with principle and with the desire to end conflict and fighting as the government was not interested in further fighting, but if some groups insisted over conflict they would be given a strong reply by the armed forces of the country.”
He said the Mujahidin Victory Day was an important event in the history of the country and even the international community supported Mujahidin in their fight for freedom and it was the global world that helped Mujahidin who emerged victorious.
On April 27, 1992, Mujhideen entered Kabul and took over from Russia-backed Afghan president Dr. Najibullah. But soon rival jihadi leaders entered a power struggle that sparked bloody clashes between Mujahideen groups. More than 60,000 people were reportedly killed in these internal fights in Kabul alone.
Since the collapse of Dr. Najibullah’s government, the victory has been celebrated in Kabul and other provinces of the country.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.