News - Afghanistan
The Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq on Saturday said that Afghanistan is at a critical juncture and is on the verge of re-shaping its future but that the country needs to look for the key to peace and stability.
Speaking at a gathering in Kabul, Mohaqiq said: "There are lots of pockets. We need to search the pockets for the key."
On the issue of Daesh activity in the world - particularly in the Islamic World – Mohaqiq said the group's evolution will affect Afghanistan's situation.
He said besides the Taliban, "Daesh is trying to establish bases in Afghanistan, but this country is not a suitable place for the group".
On the issue of peace talks, expected to take place on July 30, with the Taliban in Pakistan, Mohaqiq said the outcome of talks depended on the honesty of both sides – Taliban and Afghanistan.
"It is the beginning. We will see what will be next. As far as I know, good words were exchanged between the two sides during [previous] talks," he noted.
Stressing the need for the nation to fight the enemy, he said the reason behind the newly established tri-party alliance – between Atta Mohammad Noor's Jamiat-e-Islami Party, General Dostum's Afghanistan National Movement Party (Junbish-e-Milli Afghanistan) and Mohaqiq's Islamic Unity Party – was to fill security gaps in the north.
He said the forces loyal to the tri-party alliance political leaders will help the Afghan security forces in ensuring security of their areas.
"When the defense of the country is needed we will call on the people to – along with the police, army and NDS forces – defend the country.We are hopeful that the public forces will fill the security gaps and will strengthen the system," he said.
Mohaqiq's statement comes a day after Balkh province's acting governor Atta Mohammad Noor announced that the three political leaders had decided to join forces to fight insurgents plaguing northern parts of the country.
Noor, who spoke during Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the mosque of the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali in Mazar-i-Sharif on the first day of Eid, said the leaders of the parties had met and decided to band together to protect civilians from being victimized by militants. The event was attended by hundreds of people, and held under tight security.