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No one’s veto on peace acceptable, says Ghani

No one’s veto on peace acceptable, says Ghani

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Jul 01, 2018 - 18:58

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday once again repeated his readiness to enter peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon anywhere, but cautioned no one’s negative view or veto on peace was acceptable.

The president, who arrived here, urged local authorities to bring about reforms, implement reconstructioninfo-icon projects, fight corruption, land grabbing and improve local security in Nangarhar.

At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ghani reached Jalalabad, the provincial capital, in the morning. He laid the foundation stone of a 1000-bed hospital for the eastern zone and appeared in a big gathering of people in Shahi Palace in Jalalabad city around 10:30am.

Talking to the gathering, Ghani once again invited the Taliban for peace negotiations and asked people to question the reason for Afghan civilians killing by the rebel group.

“I don’t accept anyone’s negative view about peace and will not allow anyone to veto, I am ready for any type of ceasefire with the Taliban, I am ready to talk with them wherever they like, in Kandahar or Nangarhar or any place they choose,” he said.

He hailed the Afghan National Army (ANA)’s efforts for improving security particularly in Nangarhar but said the police had failed in security area.

Ghani set a three-month deadline for Nangarhar police chief and National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) head to bring serious changes in police ranks and eliminate corruption.

The president also directed Nangarhar authorities to deal with land grabbing and restore people’s rights.

 “The governor should create a commission and prevent land grabbing, I am ready to support in any area you need it, you should either make happy some land grabbers or the nation, the nation supports prevention of land grabbing,” he said.

Ghani also talked about elections and urged transparency in the democratic process.

“I don’t accept any official’s or public representative’s interference in elections, if officials interfere in polls, I will not only fire them but will also hold them accountable,” he said.

Before his address, the Nangarhar governor and a number of tribal elders also talked to the president and sought solution to their problems. They also voiced support for the government, peace and security.

Nangarhar governor Hayatullah Hayat said that residents of the province were under pressure from Daesh, Taliban, powerful figures and mafia groups.

Tribal elders demanded improved security, jobs’ creation, providing healthcare services, construction projects, good governance and resolving their problems.

Qari Mohib, a tribal elder from the Shinwari tribe, said his people wanted improved security, roads, jobs and prevention of deforestation.

Sanobar Momand, a tribal elder from Momand tribe, asked for prevention of land grabbing, construction of Torkham-Jalalabad road and modernization of agricultureinfo-icon.

Some other tribal elders of Nangarhar made similar demands on the president.

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