President Ghani says Daesh is on the run and that the Afghan forces have stepped up their offensives against the group.
Ghani Slams Claims Of Senior Officials’ Links To Daesh
“Anyone who makes claims that senior government officials have links with Daesh, should bring those allegations to court,” said President Ashraf Ghani.
Addressing the Border Force members, Ghani commended the Afghan troops’ performance across the country and referred to recent claims that accused some senior government officials of links with Daesh militants.
Ghani said those who make such claims should prove their allegation in court.
The president signed the authorization for the transfer of the Afghan Border Force from Ministry of Interior Affairs to the Ministry of Defense, saying that the decision was aimed at creating a “united command”.
“A number of groups make different propaganda. Freedom of speech is one thing, the national interests of the country is another. The Constitution has ordered us to defend the country’s interests,” Ghani said. “Anyone who makes these claims that senior government officials have links with Daesh should bring the allegation to the court; otherwise they should stop this.”
“Some minor circles in the country are propagating against some government officials. Their accusations are baseless and are mere enemies’ propaganda,” he said.
The remarks by the president come after some MPs accused the head of National Directorate of Security, Masoom Stanekzai and the National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar of having links with Daesh militants.
However, Ghani said he had full trust in the security team of the government.
He said Daesh is escaping and that the group is under severe pressure by the Afghan security forces.
“Nine districts have been cleared of Daesh due to the efforts of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Daesh is on the run in Afghanistan. Some 300 air raids and over 1,000 military operations against Daesh have been conducted. Our forces have defeated them and hundreds of them have been eliminated,” Ghani stated.
The president meanwhile said government and foreign forces are committed to fighting terrorism and drugs. He said the security forces will focus on elimination of drugs sources in Afghanistan.
Ghani thanked the US President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia and said it has been crucial in the anti-terror campaign.
He said the main aim of the strategy is to bring peace to the country.
At the same event, General John Nicholson, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, welcomed the transfer of control of Border Police to the Defense Ministry and said the size of the Afghan Special Forces will be doubled and the number of Air Force members will be tripled.
“Taliban have a choice to reconcile, live in irrelevance or die. Afghanistan deserves peace,” he said. "We will take the fight to terrorists wherever they are. We will defeat Daesh."
He said the anti-drugs campaign has inflicted losses of more than $10 million USD financial losses on the Taliban.