Defeat the rebels who won’t join the peace process: 1st VP Qasim Fahim
Sun Sep 23, 2:25 pm
First Vice President Muhammad Qasim Fahim says that if the Taliban and other armed oppositions will not commit to join in the peace process, talking with them endlessly is meaningless and they must be defeated.
Addressing the ceremony remembering the ex-chairman of the high peace council Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani’s first death anniversary, Fahim said the insurgents must be suppressed seriously in order to force them enter into peace negotiations.
He noted the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami could live alongside the citizens if they would accept Afghanistan’s constitution.
“Regional security is linked with Afghanistan’s stability; if the regional countries won’t cooperate honestly, they will drown in misery,” the first vice president cautioned.
He urged that the regional countries for their own benefit should cooperate sincerely for bringing peace to Afghanistan.
During his speech at the ceremony, the chairman of high peace council Salahuddin Rabbani, son of the martyr Burhanduddin Rababani, said the root of insecurity in Afghanistan is outside the country.
He urged the religious scholars throughout the country to help in rooting out the insurgency.
Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayaf was also present at the ceremony. Mr. Sayaf called for a crackdown against the rebels, saying it was the only way to bring peace to Afghanistan.
At the ceremony, the UN representative also stated their support for peace talks, stressing, “Peace must not remain only in slogans, but practical steps should be taken in this respect.”
Reconciliation with the Taliban is one of the major programs of Afghanistan’s government, but the mechanism for this reconciliation has repeatedly encountered widespread criticisms by the political opponents of President Karzai.