The Kabul Times.
Editorial

No setback as long as Afghans are united

The brave Afghan nation has the experience of a four decade-long war and the sons of this soil will defend the country after NATO and US troops withdrawal, as they are doing since 2014. Meanwhile Afghans conducting 94 percent of the counterterrorism operations across the country, which show their love for the country and the increasing combat morale.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the other day that US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s decision to withdraw foreign forces set the context for a “reset” of assumptions, alignments, and actions and that the Afghan government is “not at risk of collapse”.
Addressing a virtual event organized by Azerbaijan’s Nizami Ganjavi International Center, President Ghani said: “We are not at risk of collapse. The narrative of the Afghan government falling apart is a false narrative.” According to him, Afghan commandos, special forces, and air force alone are 40,000 strong, and “they have trained among the best, they are among the best in the region.”
“As long as this force stays, there is no risk of state collapse,” Ghani said adding he is proud to be their commander-in-chief. He also said all these forces have been brought into one command of the Afghanistan National Authority for Special Operations and that they carry out 30 to 40 operations every day “with precision and determination”.
President Ghani added that the people of Afghanistan are also armed “and ready to defend their villages and districts”. He said the nature of the war has become a challenge as there are no rules to it, pointing out that never since the Mongol invasion have women and Ulema been targeted and assassinated. “It’s this unrestricted war that needs to end,” he said.
In order to keep Afghanistan safe, policies and systems have to be in place to stop attacks and prevent our resources from being overwhelmed. In addition, our security keeps the country prepared for any wars and natural disasters. The role of Afghan security is constantly evolving to keep up with the needs of the country and each Afghan shall be considered as a member of the Afghan security forces.
Indeed, protecting our country requires community policing; using the community as a resource to minimize the spread of radical ideologies that nourish the terrorism. By informing and supporting law enforcement through proactive partnerships, Afghan citizens can become key players and reliable partners in what some call “co-produced” public safety.
Indeed, the beauty of Afghans lies in the diverse culture, traditions and tribes. Afghanistan as a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country needs to maintain peace and unity. Weak unity and continued conflicts in Afghanistan are the outcome of being divided across, ethnic tribes and various religious beliefs and geo-political lines.
If we want to rescue the country from ongoing bloodshed and uncertainty, we need to rescue the national unity and it must be the main agenda of the government, especially the country’s leaders. Various genuine mottos and practical strategies need to be organized for the purpose of fostering unity.
Meanwhile it is the responsibility of religious scholars, media and government entities to aware new generation differentiates between general peaceful spirit of holy Quran and hatred interpretations imposed by extremists. We must accept the unity in diversity as one of the unbreakable principles in our social and political platforms.

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The Kabul Times.