Ghani says al-Qaeda, Taliban and ISIS threaten Afghanistan

Ghani36President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that Afghanistan is facing the menace of terrorism from the terror networks including al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Taliban group, acknowledging that the poverty rate has surged to 49 per cent.

During his speech at the Special Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) Meeting in Kabul, President Ghanis said the terror groups are continuously targeting Afghanistan.

Emphasizing on the creation of framework to fight the terror groups, President Ghani said the insurgent groups are attempting to destroy the world’s culture and history, insisting that the groups do not have any borders.

President Ghani reiterated the government’s stance towards the militant groups, saying there are no good or bad terrorists and hailed the Afghan forces for fighting the militant groups who tried to topple the government.

He acknowledged the growing poverty in the county during the past two years and said the main motive behind a surge in poverty is the withdrawal of the foreign forces.

According to President Ghani, the poverty has increased from 46 per cent to 49 per cent from 2013 to 2014 but insisted that the government is committed to bring reforms in a bid to increase revenue and tackle corruption.

He said the government will continue to bring reforms in various sectors including the judicial sector and improve good governance but the government’s top priority is peace and stability as the terror groups threatens the country.

The remarks by President Ghani comes as major international conferences are due to take place to discuss the situation in Afghanistan amid hopes that the Afghan government will attract the international community support for the coming years. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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