Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called for clerics and tribal elders to help stem a surge in deadly insurgent attacks that have rocked the country as US-led troops end their war against the Taliban. The recent violence has heightened fears that Afghanistan could tip into further turmoil next year when just 12,500 Nato troops will remain in the country.
They will train the national army and police, rather than fight the Taliban. “These attacks are no longer acceptable. They are not Islamic, they are not humane,” Ghani told a gathering to mark United Nations’ human rights day, which was last week.
“Our society should raise our voice against it, I specially ask the Ulema and tribal leaders and civil society members to speak out saying that it is not acceptable,” he said, his voice rising in anger. “What was the sin of our children in Yayakhil of Paktika? They were only playing volleyball. Here society must loudly say ‘it is enough’. It is not acceptable anymore,” Ghani said. “Afghanistan has been around for 5,000 years and it will be here another 5,000 years, nobody can break us apart,” Ghani said.