Don't let political process undermine security gains: Nicholson
During an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the US and NATO forces commander said"RS respects the Afghan political process, but has no involvement with it. "
“Our only message to all involved is please don't let the political process undermine the security gains and progress within the security institutions that have made over the last 6-9 months.” he said.
Nicholson comments about the effects of the political turmoil on security situation in the war-torn country come when tension between the two unity government partners, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has reached all time high.
Earlier, Abdullah, clinging to his position, insisted on complete implementation of the agreement on forming the national unity government.
“We preferred patience, but I assure people their efforts would not end up in smoke,” CEO added. About his Thursday’s speech, Abdullah said: “Whatever I said was not my personal anger; it was the truth the people should understand.”
He continued: “I have tolerated what I could. Now I’m in a position where I could no longer wait and feel obliged to inform the people of the existing situation.” He affirmed his commitment to meeting people’s demands.
During a meeting last Thursday, the CEO hit out at Ghani’s weak leadership, saying he had no option but to make public his differences with Ghani.
Abdullah had said essential pledges in the unity government agreement, such as convening a Loya Jirga, amending the Constitution to create the post of prime minister and introduce electoral reforms had not been honoured so far.
The CEO said he had been forced to change his modus operandi and the people could no longer wait for the implementation of the commitments.
“Our demand is total implementation of the agreement on unity government; we don’t want anything more or less than that, because implementation of the agreement would lead to the survival and stability of the country,” CEO said.
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