Opening parliament’s 8th working year on Wednesday, President Ashraf Ghani said the parliamentary and presidential elections are the responsibility of National Unity Government, insisting that it will be held at the scheduled time.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ghani said holding the election is a must and the Election Commission should be free of politics and work independently. He said the government makes efforts to prevent any political intervention in the election process.
Separately, Ghani reiterated his call on the Taliban to lay down arms and join peace talks. He urged the Taliban to solve disagreements with the government without killings and bloodshed.
The president also warned the individuals who seek interest in the ongoing conflict, insisting that the government will stand against them.
Emphasizing on strengthening the capabilities of Afghan security forces, Ghani said Afghanistan is facing an “imposed” war. “The role of security forces should be extended, and this role could be significant in defending the country and preserving the rule of law.”
The ceremony was also attended by high-ranking officials, including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Jihadi leaders, ministers, and MPs among others.
Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, the Chairman of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) said that the ongoing war has halted development process in the country. He said people expecting the government to put an end to the conflict and pave way for development.