Kabul, 8 Subh: Speaking on February 27, celebrated as Soldier’s Day, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that the international community had deprived the Afghan people of peace for 40 years. “The international community has been depriving a nation with a great history, a brilliant civilization and vibrant people of the most fundamental right, which is peace, for forty years,” Ghani said at a ceremony for Soldier’s Day at the Ministry of Defense. “This is unbearable and we want lasting and honorable peace, which is coming.”
President Ghani did not elaborate on his remarks, but said that he had recently addressed them at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Ghani said that the security forces had a constructive role to play in creating the right atmosphere for peace, and that the ongoing war against the people is contrary to humanity, justice and legitimacy and had nothing to do with Islam.
On the other hand, the president said that maintaining, strengthening and equipping the Afghan security forces is the first task of the government. “Today, it is a great honor for the government and people of Afghanistan to celebrate the heroic defense and security forces, and thanks to you, Afghanistan has stood strong.”
According to him, if there were no security forces, there would be no government, which is why the people and government stand by the security forces and see them as a national asset. Ghani added that the Afghan security forces had come a long way in the last six years and the support of the people for these forces is unparalleled in the last 140 years. He called the security forces the guardians and enforcers of the country’s constitution and said that these forces protect not only the independence of Afghanistan, but also the security of the world. He ended with a promise that in 2021, he would begin the process of building houses for the country’s security and defense forces.
At the meeting, Shah Mahmoud Miakhil, the first deputy of the Defense Minister, said that security forces were fully prepared for the war, which is expected to intensify next spring.