Ghani Says Ready for ‘Comprehensive Talks’ with Pakistan

(Last Updated On: September 2, 2017)

President Ashraf Ghani on Friday praised the Afghan security forces for their “continued sacrifices” and expressed his readiness for comprehensive political talks with Pakistan.

“I have a message to Pakistan that we are ready for comprehensive political talks. Peace with Pakistan is our national agenda,” Ghani said while he was delivering his Eid al-Adha message at the Presidential Palace.

The Afghan leader warned Pakistan and insurgent groups that they cannot achieve their goals by using force and violence.

Ghani added that the past four decades’ wishes of Afghans will come true in the near future and called on the Taliban to accept peace.

“It is time for the armed opposition of Afghanistan to choose whether they are Afghans and have been fed on the milk of an Afghan mother or whether they are the tools for disunity, chaos and Khawaraj,” Ghani insisted,” once again I extend the hand of peace to all of them and tell them that peace is the order of Allah.”

Referring to the recent attacks in Afghanistan, the President called on Afghans to stay united.

“The attack on any sacred place whether they are mosques, religious places or academic centers is attack on all Afghans and this must be condemned by all Afghans. This is the act of evils and Khawaraj; therefore, I call on all Sunnis to go to the mosques of Ja’fari jurisprudence followers and meanwhile I call on the Ja’fari jurisprudence followers to go to Sunnis’ mosques and display the real religious unity,” he said.

This comes as Pakistan has always been accused for harboring and financing terrorist groups in its soil against Afghanistan and President Ghani has told we want peace with Pakistan before Taliban.

By Fawad Naseri & Hesamuddin Hesam

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