Ready for Taliban’s Threats: President Ghani

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a phone conversation with Afghan soldiers on frontline of war on terror said that Taliban will not get an interim government in Afghanistan.

The president also said on Saturday that he is ready for Taliban’s threats.

“As long as I am alive, they will not see the face of an interim government,” said the president, as quoted by the presidential palace statement.

The Afghan solider on the frontline of war on terror said that they are ready to defend their people and republic, adding that would defeat Taliban.  “We will never be ready to accept interim government,” a police officer from remote Ghorian district of western Herat province told the president.

Meanwhile Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, in reaction to Zamir Kabulov’s remarks said that an interim government plan is not useful for Afghanistan. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, NSA Mohib, said that such remarks should not be made.

In addition, the NSA said that Taliban do not want peace in Afghanistan, and that the group is not willing to lose their prosperous lives in Doha. “Taliban leadership don’t want peace in Afghanistan, Taliban leadership have prosperous lives in Doha, they do not want to lose it,” NSA said.

Meanwhile, officials of the Afghan Defense Ministry stated that NATO’s support toward Afghan forces also indicates the Taliban is not ready for peace. Shah Mahmood Miakhel, deputy minister of defense, said that Afghan forces ready for war and peace in the country.

“As you saw the NATO defense ministerial meeting, the world believes that Taliban do not want peace and nor have they implemented their commitments,” said Miakhel.

On the other hand, Ahmad Zia Saraj, head of National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that 20 terrorist groups operate in Afghanistan under the umbrella of Taliban and that this has complicated the Afghan war.

This comes after Russian Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said earlier that Moscow would like all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to agree to an inclusive and transitional coalition government.

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