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Deputy CEO confirms Daesh presence in Afghanistan

Deputy CEO confirms Daesh presence in Afghanistan

Jun 28, 2015 - 15:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eng. Mohammad Khan said on Sunday the government and valiant Afghan security forces would offer stout resistance to the armed groups posing threats to the country.

Speaking to reporters here in Kabul, he confirmed the presence of Daesh -- or Islamic State -- in Afghanistaninfo-icon and warned the group and the Talibaninfo-icon to surrender or be ready for decisive action.

Referring to the recent surge in violence, he said the purpose behind the growing attacks was to show that Kabul was weak and it did not have the ability to safeguard its territorial integrity.

Khan expressed grave concern over the bloody incidents that claimed precious lives in Nangarhar, Farah, Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces. He acknowledged Daesh had become a reality in Afghanistan and the group was involved in clashes with Taliban in recent days.

Some Taliban had joined Daesh and changed their flag and clothes from white to black in certain areas, added the deputy CEO, who hailed as positive people's rejection of the extremist ideas of Daesh and Taliban and stood in support of Afghan security forces.

He said that IS fighters had moved to northeastern part of the country. Tajikistan was interested to jointly fight the menace of terrorism.

“If Afghan and Tajik forces share intelligence information about the activities of Daesh and other militant groups, it will be in the interest of both neighbours,” he believed.

Commenting on India’s request for sharing intelligence information pertaining to the parliament attack, he said such decisions should be taken in the larger interest of the country.

About the electoral reform commission, Khan said in line with the commitment of the coalition leaders, the panel should have started its work last week.

He indicated the two leaders still had differences on who should head the commission and no nominee for the post had been finalised yet. He hoped the reform commission would soon begin its work.

Two months back, Shukria Barakzai was appointed to head the commission, but the CEO showed disagreement with the appointment of a lawmaker as chief of the panel.

But Javed Faisal, spokesman for the CEO, ruled out any differences between the president and the CEO over the commission chief, saying all issues had been resolved.



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