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Policy in progress to bring mujahideen into govt fold

Policy in progress to bring mujahideen into govt fold

Feb 16, 2016 - 17:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Tuesday said the Mujahideeninfo-icon were part of it and their role in the country’s security was admirable.

The explanation comes after some former jihadiinfo-icon leaders, including Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, on Monday blasted the unity government for what they said marginalising the Mujahideen.

Speaking at ceremonies marking the 27th anniversary of the former Soviet Union’s troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistaninfo-icon, the ex-jihadi commanders said the unity government had failed to bring peace and stability to the country, calling on people to be prepared for the country’s defence.

Former jihadi leader Mohammad Ismail Khan a day earlier warned the security situation could worsen if the government did not reform the framework for Afghan forces.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the Soviet military withdrawal in Herat City, Khan hit out at the US policy towards Afghanistan.

Resentful at mujahideen’s marginalisation, the former energy minister claimed the war in Afghanistan had intensified despite the presence of foreign forces over the past one decade and a half.

The current situation had resulted in abject poverty in Afghanistan, forcing a large number of youth to vote with their feet and seek asylum in foreign countries.

“We have repeatedly criticised the continuation of war and poor governance in Afghanistan; we have already floated suggestions to Afghan leaders and foreign generals, but they paid no attention,” he alleged.

Khan linked increased civilian casualties in 2015 to weak governance. He warned the situation could deteriorate further if the framework for the Afghan security forces was not reformed.

But Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the Chief Executive Office, said the Mujahideen were part of the government and they were in service of the people as part of political parties and civil societyinfo-icon groups.

He said CEO Dr. Abdullah was himself a Mujahid and the government was working on a policy through which more mujahideen could be brought into the government’s fold.

He said the unity government was working on a mega reform plan through which different institutions of the government would be reformed.

Also, president’s special representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Saturday said the Afghan security forces needed nationwide people’s support in battling insurgents.

Massoud was addressing a gathering of more than 2000 people including former mujahideen and religious scholars during a visit to northeastern Badakhshan province.

He alleged some circles during former president Hamid Karzai’s government wanted to pave the ground for militants to advance.

But Khalil Noori, a military affairs analyst, said the country’s armed forces should be kept away from political, tribal, linguistic and ethnic differences.

He said the armed forces should remain a neutral institution and should enjoy the support of every individual and leaders of the country. He believed if the government implemented a proper strategy, the country’s situation would improve.


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