The Kabul Times.
Editorial

ANDSF capable enough to protect nation, country

Since withdrawal of the major parts of international troops in 2014, the Afghan forces could display commitment to the nation and the constitution through immense sacrifice and has won unprecedented public support and trust.
The 20 international terrorist groupings being backed by certain intelligence agencies of the regional countries, have inflicted heavy casualties upon Afghan soldiers within the past recent years, but the forces did not allow any of them to take over any provinces and oppress the people. That’s why the Afghan people and politicians have fully trust on capabilities of their brave forces to protect the national territory and territorial integrity.
The US President Biden has announced on Wednesday that will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the coming months, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that drew the United States into its longest war.
Thanking the US decision and praising the country’s support in the last two decades, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces have been carrying out most of the operations independently since the US-Taliban agreement of February 2020 to defend our people and country.
“Our forces are capable of defending Afghanistan against current threats. We cannot stress enough that the ongoing peace process is also a result of ANDSF sacrifices. The Afghan nation stays indebted to these sacrifices,” the president was quoted in a presidential palace statement.
Indeed, the bravery of Afghan soldiers is beyond doubt despite undergoing casualties. They are resilient in the face of adversity, and they have made constant improvements in efficiently and effectively coordinating and building systems of leadership and management.
It is believed that democracy is not gained without sacrifices. If the democratic societies are considered, people sacrificed their lives and shed their blood to ensure democracy for their nation. Similarly, Afghan people have been devoting their lives so as to invest for gaining democracy.
Considering the US withdrawal which would definitely not affect the country’s situation due to presence of a strong security forces, it is of immense important for Afghan people and politicians to maintain national unanimity more than ever before. It is believed that there are many hands working behind the scenes to stoke sectarianism and split the nation.
Perhaps, there are also some who muddy the water through touching sore points or spreading propaganda in cyberspace just to create a national gap. Afghan nation should be on the alert for this issue and uphold national unity in the best possible way so as to live in peace and harmony and best utilize the opportunity for lasting peace in the country.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, who sacrifice their lives for protecting their nation and country, are not dead. They are alive in national memory and are considered national heroes since they play heroic role and they will continue doing so to protect their beloved country.
It is very much important that such heroes should be supported, and their morale should be increased in fight against insurgent. Meanwhile the Taliban should know that they cannot overrun any city or province as far as Afghan forces are alive, since they will devote their bloods but will never leave alone their nation and country.

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The Kabul Times.