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Taliban bring death, destruction to the country: Mohib

Taliban bring death, destruction to the country: Mohib

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8 Jun 2018 - 09:34
Taliban bring death, destruction to the country: Mohib
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8 Jun 2018 - 09:34

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): As President Ashraf Ghani announced a unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban, his top envoy in Washington launched a frontal attack on the terrorist outfit accusing it of bringing death and destruction to the country.

“Afghans want peace and my generation are taking risks to stand for it. These Afghans and our security forces are our heroes. And we must say what has the Taliban put on the table: further death and destruction,” Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, told a Washington audience.

 In his remarks to the US Institute of Peace, Mohib alleged that since January the Taliban have pursued a brutal new strategy of directly targeting civilians in crowded urban spaces, killing hundreds of innocent Afghans.

Shortly after the Afghan Ulemma issued a fatwa, organizations, media and journalists and citizens registering to vote, he said.

Mohib said that the Afghan government’s successful deal with the Hizb-e-Islami over a year ago, gives the Afghan Government experience on how to structure a deal in what questions need to be addressed.

“We must create a reasonable consensus on peace, stability, and economic growth. The region can either be divided by conflict or united by sharing the economic benefit. There is a regional component to the conflict playing in Afghanistan, which the United States administration and the Afghan government are both taking very serious thing. So this element cannot be overlooked,” he said.

“We will maintain political stability and democratic integrity through elections which we will hold and October and again in 2019. This is not easy to do in the current security situation, but we will and we must,” he said. The Afghan people are proud of their right to vote and they’re risking their lives to claim that right. “By casting a vote, we as a nation are marking out commitment to democracy so that peace will be maintained through the ballot not bullet,” Mohib said.

Also the government with the support from the international community must continue to earnestly and diligently implement President Ghani’s rigorous comprehensive reform agenda which is articulated in Afghanistan national peace and development framework, he said.

“Moving forward, we must stay the course of building those security forces in maintaining pressure on the Taliban while we keep the door open for peace talks. At the same time, we must continue to earnestly implement our reforms agenda to deal head on with corruption in our government; to deliver services, and to offer economic opportunities,” Mohib said.

“Sustainable peace will not be delivered in negotiations on and a political settlement with the Taliban alone. A political settlement is but one part of a complicated and layered process of achieving sustainable peace. What matters equally is the peace building work that proceeds a peace deal and the maintenance work that follows it,” said the Afghan Ambassador.

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