KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani, in an Eid speech on Tuesday, lashed out at the Taliban after three rockets landed in areas near the Presidential Palace and said the acts of the terrorist organization showed that it has no “will” for peace.
“The Taliban made many things clear. Abdullah told me a few minutes ago that there is no will for peace in the Taliban. We sent the delegation to make the ultimatum and show that we have the will for peace and that we are willing to sacrifice for it, but they (the Taliban) have no will for peace and we must make decisions based on this, “Ghani said, Tolo News reported.
“Afghanistan’s security and defense forces have made many sacrifices in the last 20 years, especially in the last three months, to defend this soil and the honor of this homeland, sincerely,” Ghani said.
He added that he has spent the last week working on an “urgent and practical plan” to overcome the current situation, Tolo News reported.
“This plan has been drawn up. It has two parts in terms of security,” he said.
He added that part of the plan is to set priorities for the security and defense forces.
He said that a firm stance of the people for the next three to six months will change the situation.
Ghani reiterated that there is a need for national support and national defense and said that the future of the country will be made by Afghanistan and the Afghans.
He said the Taliban “destroyed 260 public buildings” and if they are Afghans they should avoid removing public establishments and people’s houses.
Ghani added that the government released 5,000 Taliban prisoners, but the group so far has not been ready for meaningful talks.
Afghan government officials led by the Higher Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah and the Taliban delegation met in Doha last week to discuss restoring peace in Afghanistan.
In recent weeks, Afghanistan has witnessed an increase in violence as the Taliban have stepped up their offensive against Afghan civilians and security forces with the total withdrawal of foreign forces just weeks away.