Ghani Surprisingly Responds to His Critics

(Last Updated On: July 11, 2017)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani responds to his critics who accused him of monopolizing the power and called on the new Coalition for the Salvation of Afghanistan to submit their reform suggestions.

Leaders of three political parties, all of whom hold senior positions in the government, recently announced from Turkey that they have formed a coalition to save Afghanistan from chaos, issued a list of demands for reforms by President Ghani.

Regarding the new political coalition between the first vice-President, second deputy of Executive Office, and Jamiat-e Islami Ghani said, “The Afghan government is a participatory system and no decision was taken without the presence of political leaders.

During his remarks, President Ghani seemed to point at the second deputy of Executive Officer who accused him of being nervous. He said, “The reason of my silence was not fear, it was unity.”

Ghani in a part of his statements said, “Let’s see who will shout and cry.”

The second deputy of Executive Officer, Muhammad Muhaqiq has previously accused Ghani of monopolizing the power and called him a dictator.

On the subject of his first vice president, Ghani noted the Gen. Dostum case is judiciary and he has gone to Turkey for treatment with the permission of the Attorney General.

He called Atta Muhammad Noor, a well known politician and said he hopes Noor acts responsibly in political affairs.

President Ghani cleared his position against the new coalition by saying, “Da Gaz Da Maidan” a Pashtu proverb an equivalent to “bring it on” in English.

The three members of the Coalition for the Salvation of Afghanistan have promised to hold mass protests until their demands are met.

The Afghan President has always been accused of monopolizing the power, but what is his answer to all these criticisms?

Ghani said, “No one has taken decision without the presence of political leaders. The critics are not members of the security council to see no decision was taken out of the council.”

Regarding the concerns of U.S. Senator John MacCain, Ghani said, “U.S. strategy toward Afghanistan is positive as you can see in action. U.S. president allocates $ 860 million to our air force.”

About Afghanistan’s policy toward the regional countries, particularly Pakistan and Iran, Ghani said, “Our policy is clear.” He warned to never allow Afghanistan changes to a safe haven for international terrorists.

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