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Prof. Sayyaf calls for war on corruption, immorality

Prof. Sayyaf calls for war on corruption, immorality

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Feb 14, 2017 - 17:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Renowned jihadi leader Prof. Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf on Tuesday called corruption a serious threat to the democratic system and asked the president to eradicate the menace.

Speaking at an event marking the anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistaninfo-icon, the religious scholar underlined the huge importance of the day in Afghanistan’s history. He called for Afghanistan’s diplomats to celebrate the day around the globe.

The day was a matter of great pride, not only for mujahideeninfo-icon, but all people of Afghanistan and should be marked in a befitting way, he told the audience at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.

Sayyaf saw no threat to the current dispensation from outside, fearing internal factors could bring down the system. However, he did not go into details.

Addressing President Ashraf Ghani, he said: "I want you to pay serious attention to fighting financial, administrative and moral corruption -- the most misleading evils. Corruption has reached its climax. God forbid, we may suffer the fate of those infected with corruption."

The religious leader hailed the freedom of expression as a good principle, but warned against trampling on religious teachings.

While stressing curbs on corruption and immorality, he said: "The nation won’t accept excuse that the government has no control on TV. At least, we can take a start by reforming the state-run TV."

Sayyaf urged government leaders not to be tight-lipped on malicious allegations leveled by some circles against mujahideen.

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