Ghani: Petty politics does not hold any space within our forces

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are committed to the national unity, insisting that petty politics does not hold any space within our forces.

President Ghani made the remarks during a visit to a compound of the Afghan Special Operations Forces in capital Kabul on Friday.

He said “We uphold the constitution. As guardian of the constitution ANDSF is committed to the national unity. Petty politics does not hold any space within our forces.”

In other parts of his speech, President Ghani hailed the Ministry of Defense for bringing its strategies and programs in line with the current situation that has resulted into the reduction of the Afghan armed forces casualties.

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Taliban’s Ambiguous Policy

The Taliban militants are wreaking record-breaking casualties on the Afghan civilians and security forces. As predicted, Afghan policemen are surrendering in hordes after the withdrawal of US-led NATO forces, and allowing the Taliban to make crucial gains across Afghanistan. Similarly, civilians, including women and children, are targeted by the militants to a large extent. The recent spate of suicide bombings – mainly a massive truck bomb in a heavily populated civilian area of Shah Shaheed on early Friday which led to the death of dozens and injury of hundreds – in Kabul demonstrates the Taliban’s persistent thirst for violence and bloodshed. In other words, with the election of Mullah Mansoor as Omar’s successor, the militants show fewer tendencies towards reconciliation.

Previously in an audio message, Mullah Omar’s successor gave mixed signals on the peace process. While calling peace talks the enemy’s propaganda, Mullah Mansoor did not rule out negotiations along with “Jihad” to achieve the group’s objectives.

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The Role of Former President in Afghanistan’s Current Politics

The recent misunderstandings between former president Hamid Karzai and the National Unity Government (NUG) appeared as surprising for many who missed to notice Karzai’s political ambitions even at a time when he is an ex-president. President Ashraf Ghani and former president Hamid Kazai met last Tuesday to resolve the recent misunderstandings that have appeared on the surface. Earlier, The Guardian reported that the former president was secretly seeking to undermine the current National Unity Government (NUG) of Afghanistan and his influence and activities are seen as a threat to Afghanistan’s political stability. In response, Abdullah Abdullah, the NUG Chief Executive Officer, harshly criticized the former president, saying that most of the current problems in the country stemmed from the last fourteen years of the Karzai administration’s mismanagement and faulty leadership. He warned to those wishing the NUG to collapse that the alternative for the current government would Daesh or Taliban.

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