Ghani At Police Chief's Funeral, Vows to Defeat Terrorists


President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday reiterated government’s commitment to the Afghan people that the country’s security forces will defeat insurgents.

Speaking at the funeral of Nangarhar’s Police Chief Brigadier General Zorawar Zahid, who was killed two days ago in an IED blast in the eastern province, Ghani pledged to take revenge on those responsible for the death of the decorated general.

“We are mourning the demise of a martyred hero, but they (insurgents) must know that thousands of other heros will emerge from each drop of blood of each hero,” said Ghani.

On Sunday, officials in Nangarhar confirmed that Zahid was killed that evening when his vehicle hit a roadside IED in Hesarak District.

Zahid had reportedly been on his way to a check post.

Zahid was the police chief of Nangarhar and had previously served in Ghazni in the same capacity.

“We will take revenge of our hero Zorawar (Zahid) from the enemies of the people of Afghanistan,” said Minister of Interior Taj Mohammad Jahid.

“They (insurgents) are the enemies of our people, but our brave and courageous officers and our champion security forces will retaliate against them,” said Ghani’s National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar.

“By losing Zorawar (Zahid) I lost one of my hands, he served in warfronts during many battles,” said Ayoub Hassankhail, the commander of the Afghan border security force in the eastern zone.

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