Danish underlines need for unity, electoral reforms
KABUL (Pajhwok): Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Thursday hailed martyrs as campaigners for national unity, saying they should not be dragged into regional, linguistic or tribal controversies.
Addressing a Martyrs Week ceremony in Kabul, he warned politicians and people against making statements that demoralised security forces and glorified the country’s enemies.
Danish, who also heads the Martyrs’ Week Commission, said: “The path of martyrs leads to unity and prosperity -- not to differences and rivalries.
“We can best realise the martyrs’ dreams and aspirations by protecting national dignity and sovereignty and continuing to work for unity,” the VP remarked.
“All Afghans, irrespective of their ethnic and regional affiliations, should respect the courage and sacrifices of martyrs,” he stressed.
Keeping in view their services, the Afghans should foil conspiracies and machinations against their homeland, including the ongoing undeclared war and the threat to Afghanistan’s territorial integrity.
About recent attacks in Kabul, the VP said the militants were no longer capable of face-to-face fighting with the security personnel. The rebels were conducing suicide attacks to undermine the government.
While accusing the insurgents of trying to downgrade Afghanistan’s achievements at the upcoming Brussels Conference, he said no one would be allowed to block the country’s march to progress.
“Afghanistan’s enemies are conspiring to divide us along linguistic, sectarian, communal and regional lines. But we are duty-bound to evolve a national consensus on forging unity…” he maintained.
Danish also stressed the need for electoral reforms and holding transparent parliamentary and district council polls. He also called for stepped-up preparations for distribution of electronic identity cards ahead of the vote.
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