President rules out release of criminals, killers
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said he would not plead with any neighbours for peace, but desired stability in the country.
The president expressed the view during a meeting with representatives of civil society organisations at the Presidential Palace here on Wednesday.
A statement from palace said representatives of civil society expressed concerns and offered suggestions about the peace process.
Raz Mohammad Dalili, Sima Joyenda, Malang Ibrahimi, Royal Sanga and Nabi Khalili attended the meeting on behalf of civil society.
They thanked the president for regularly sharing national issues with civil society and promised the governmentcontinued cooperation on issues of national importance.
The civil society activists shared their concerns with the presidentabout the peace agreement with the Hezb-I-Islami Afghanistan.They stressed women rights and achievements of the past 15 years should not be harmed.
“Those imprisoned for crimes such as murder should not be freed in the name of peace,” they suggested. Women’s and human rights must be protection, they stressed.
President Ghani hailed civil society organisations for showing solidarity with his administration, respect for the constitution and efforts to bring positive changes to society.
“Your questions and discussions show our society is in the midst of hope and fear, seeking stability in an environment of insecurity,” he told civil society activists.He said the Afghan society needed a balance in all areas.
Civil society, state-building and the economy remained reliant on foreign support, he acknowledged, hoping stability would come about once insurgent groups stopped fighting and joinedthe peace process.
He called terrorism a threat to the region and the world, stressing cooperation on countering the menace. Afghan forces were in the frontline in the fight against terror and defenceof the country, Ghani observed.
“We have started our struggles for peace two years ago, we showed to the world that we support peace, but the world witnessed who was against the peace,” he said.
People believed Kabul had no intention to enforce peace, but the country had scored a major win in 40 years in terms of the intra-Afghan peace dialogue, the president said.
“We do not seek peace from any of our neighbours, but want it to prevail in our country,” he remarked.
Ghani insisted the deal with HIA was in line with the constitution. He hoped the group’s fighters would lay down their weapons and launch a political campaign based on the accord.
Ghani promised those involved in terror, kidnappings, murder, human rights violations and drug commerce would not be freed, but people jailed for political reasons would be released.
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