Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Ghani Calls on Jihadi Leaders to Stand by Security Forces

Ghani Calls on Jihadi Leaders to Stand by Security Forces

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday addressed guests attending the 28th anniversary ceremony to mark the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan and said “yesterday was about freedom, today is about development.”
Ghani also called on all Jihadi leaders to maintain their support for the security forces, "who are today's Mujahideen."
Ghani said that by signing the recent peace agreement with Hizb-e-Islami, government is paving the way for “unhappy Mujahideen brothers to return to their country.” He said Jihad had been carried out at the time of the Soviet occupation to ensure the country's freedom and development but later efforts were made by others to destroy the progress.
Ghani also stated there is a strong will among the people to overcome the crisis in the country but that all Afghans "have the right to be proud about the Jihad".
Also addressing guests, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) said that Russia should not repeat the mistakes of the Soviet Union in terms of meddling in Afghanistan’s affairs.
He implied Moscow was supporting the Taliban.
Second Vice President Sarwar Danish also implied that Russia should not repeat the mistakes of the past.
He said at the time of the invasion, the Soviet Union had not had a legitimate reason to invade the country.
Danish also said that extremism has always created problems in Afghanistan.
Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, a former Jihadi leader, also made it clear that “no external force could defeat Afghanistan”.
He said the Mujaheddin saved the country and that they are the guardians of Afghanistan.
Twenty-eight years ago, Soviet forces on this day withdrew from Afghanistan following tough resistance from the Afghan people and Mujahideen.
The Soviets invaded Afghanistan on 27 December 1979 from both ground and air.
Soviet Union troops entered Afghanistan from different directions including Torghundi, Hairatan and Sherkhan borders.
The Russian Occupation which lasted for nine years claimed around two million lives.
During the years of the Russian invasion in Afghanistan more than one million people were maimed and around seven million others were forced to flee their homes.
Hours after Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan, Hafizullah Amin (Afghan President) was poisoned in Darulaman in Kabul.
Soon after his death, Babrak Karmal was declared President – an announcement broadcast over radio Afghanistan.
During the freedom struggle of the Afghan people against Russian forces, more than 13,000 Soviet troops lost their lives. (Tolonews)