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Opposition party says nothing new in Ghani speech

Opposition party says nothing new in Ghani speech

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25 Apr 2016 - 21:02
Opposition party says nothing new in Ghani speech
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25 Apr 2016 - 21:02

KABUL (Pajhwok): The government opposition parties, reacting to President Ashraf Ghani latest remarks, on Monday said there was nothing new in the president’s speech that lacked a clear stance on resolution to the Afghan conflict.

President Ghani on Monday addressed a joint sitting of the parliament and said the Afghan government would continue peace talks but only through Afghan methods and the government would not fight against those accepting the Constitution and severing ties with terrorism.

The president asked Pakistan and their allies and warned if Islamabad didn’t do so, Kabul was willing to bring the issue to the United Nations Security Council.

However, Wahiddullah Ghazikhel, the spokesman of the New National Front led-by Anwarul Haq Ahadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We heard the remarks of the president. There was nothing new in his speech, he only named Taliban as terrorists and he had made similar remarks in the past.’

He said the president showed he was disappointed by Pakistan for not truly helping the peace talks while their party had already said Pakistan was not honest to the peace parleys.

“Unfortunately, the president had no clear message or stance on the war and peace. The front and Afghans hoped the president would come with a clear stance on the peace and war in Afghanistan, but there was nothing as such in his remarks,” Ghazikhel said.

He said the president’s remarks were ‘ambiguous’ as he called Taliban as rebels and warned to stop negotiating with them and at the same time asked Pakistan to keep its promises on peace talks. “Unfortunately his remarks were controversial, but Afghans expected a clear stance from the president.”

Ghazikhel said Pakistan used to present evidence whenever an attack takes place there, the Afghan government due its weak management could not provide evidence to Pakistan, the UN or other related organs.

Meanwhile, the Security and Stability Council also said the president remarks were not different from his previous remarks which could not resolve the current problems.

The council spokesman, Massoud Trashtwal, said the remarks of the president were not much different from his previous remarks.

He said the main point was that the nation knew better the definition of the enemy than the government because it was the nation bearing the brunt of the conflict.

“Taliban are enemies of Afghanistan people and no one has the right to give them concessions against the national Constitution and other laws of the country.”

“The government should share the huge national issues with the people and should not compromise on the constitution, national sovereignty, territorial integrity of Afghanistan and the achievements of the past,” he said.

However, the head of Green Process, Amrullah Saleh, welcomed the presidential remarks on his Facebook page. He wrote: “If Taliban are hung to death; I will proudly participate in the execution ceremony.” “If such thing happens, it would be the time to praise the leaders of the government,” he wrote.

A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on his twitter account said “our nation has already experienced the imaginary, misleading and so-called remarks of the presidential palace.”


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