President Ashraf Ghani visited the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology a day after the government building came under a complex attack by four attackers which left seven dead and eight others wounded.
Ghani said he praises the Afghan forces’ “bravery” for pushing back the attack and for evacuating the employees of the ministry during the attack.
The security forces evacuated at least 2,000 employees of the ministry during the five hours of the attack.
Ghani said the attack did not show bravery, rather, it was the sign of “utmost cowardness”.
“If you (militants) want to fight against our Defense and Security Forces, it (public places) is not a battlefield… Who has given you the right to attack the honor of the people? Who has given you the right to enter people’s houses forcefully and use them as a shield?” Ghani asked.
Ghani said that many families were affected as the militants “have no courage to attempt for peace”.
“You (militants) don’t have the courage to attempt for peace. You don’t have the courage to join a unified front against the enemies of this country,” Ghani added.
The president mentioned that no Afghan is in favor of the war.
“The people of Afghanistan see the system as their own. All the people of Afghanistan are in favor of the system… They are pro-system not against the system,” Ghani reiterated.
Ghani also hinted at the upcoming Grand Consultative Jirga on Peace – scheduled for April 29 – and said it will be a platform for Afghans to raise their voice and decide on their future.