Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the rapid withdrawal of US and NATO troops for increasing violence in his country. He said his government will now focus on protecting the provincial capital and major urban areas against Taliban.
The Afghan President traveled by helicopter to an emergency meeting of the DPR. It has convened due to the difficult situation on the ground.
President Ghani also called on lawmakers to support the national mobilization campaign against the Taliban. In recent months US and NATO forces complete their withdrawal from the war-torn country.
The hasty and imported peace process and an indication of Washington’s insistence on talks between Kabul and the Taliban has not only failed to bring peace, it has also created suspicion and uncertainty among Afghans.
President Ghani said Afghan forces are ready for the task and had the capability to defeat the insurgents. But in recent weeks, Afghan forces have been battling Taliban attacks and are often left without reinforcements or supplies.
Ghani said his government had financial and political support from the United States and the international community to turn the situation around, despite urging the rebels to rejoin peace talks.
“Either we sit on our knees at real negotiating table or we break their knees on the battlefield,” Ghani said.