Afghan President vows to take revenge from Taliban

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Terming the Taliban as the tools of aliens, President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday the Afghan security forces would take revenge from them (Taliban).

He was talking to Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. The Indonesian president and his accompanying delegation arrived in Kabul Monday.

President Ghani said that by claiming responsibility for Kabul attack the Taliban showed that they were still playing in the hands of others.

He said that in the past the Taliban would deny responsibility for attacks which caused casualties to civilians. However, they asserted the responsibility of Kabul attack as their handlers wanted to get rid of the pressure of international community.

Afghanistan was standing in a historic and sensitive situation, President Ghani said, adding that the Taliban had two options – select war or peace. He urged religious clerics to stand against the verdicts of those people who were trying to find justifications for the killing of civilians.

Terming the visit of Indonesian president to Kabul of vital importance, he hoped that as an influential Muslim country it would help Afghanistan to overcome the prevailing circumstances.

Terming Indonesia as an example of democracy, he said every citizen had access to government in the country.

On the occasion, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said his country was ready to cooperate with Afghanistan for the restoration of peace.

Indonesia would hold a huge Islamic center in Kabul besides providing scholarships to Afghan students.

The Indonesian President Joko Widodo was arrived in Kabul Monday. Widodo is the first Indonesian President to visit Afghanistan after almost 58 years following the last visit by an Indonesian President in 1961.

He is also expected to visit the historic Dar-ul-Aman Palace which is currently undergoing restoration and the Indonesian Islamic Center in Kabul.

President Widodo had earlier visited Pakistan where he met with his Pakistan counterpart President Mamnoon Hussain.

According to reports, President Widodo had insisted on the formation of a joint committee of the religious scholars of the three countries.

He had also met with a delegation of the Afghan High Peace Council officials in Indonesia where he had reaffirmed his country’s support to the Afghan peace process.