Acting Governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, said that differences between leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) – namely President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah— have paved the ground for mounting insecurity.
Speaking at a gathering in support of Afghan security forces in Mazar-e-Sharif, the center of Balkh province, Noor called on the people and religious scholars to lend their support to the security forces and not to rely on the NUG leaders to ensure their security.
The gathering was organized by the Balkh Ulema council, the provincial council, tribal elders, and civil society organizations.
“We see that our politicians are busy with their struggles for power and have other problems. Once ethnic issues are discussed, once tribal issues are discussed they all are not in accordance with Afghanistan’s interests, Afghanistan’s constitution and demands of the people of Afghanistan,” said Noor.
He said the peace process was a conspiracy and that government has been deceived under the name of peace several times in the past, but it hasn’t learned its lesson so far.
He added that the Taliban does not believe in peace and the peace process has been a failure over the past few years.
As a way out, Noor said: “A widespread uprising of people to stand beside their true sons, Afghan forces, is needed to identify, follow, take out the militants from wherever they are hiding and then let them face justice or kill them.”
Religious scholars also lent their support to Afghan forces.
“Afghan security forces are complete forces. They with their bravery, courage and piety are defending our country to bring peace and security to Afghanistan,” said Sayed Mohammad Halim, a religious scholar.
The religious scholars termed terrorism, killing of civilians and using of their houses as shields as a great sin.
“Using children, women, elderly people and innocent Muslims as human shields is strongly prohibited in Sharia, because the blood of a Muslim is very valuable before Allah,” said Rahmatullah, another religious scholar.
The religious scholars said that support for Afghan forces is a religious duty and they urged people to lend their support to their security forces.