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Ghani lands in Balkh, briefed on security situation

Ghani lands in Balkh, briefed on security situation

Nov 29, 2016 - 11:55

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said 2015, when the enemies failed to achieve their nefarious designs, was a year of survival for the country.

On his return from a three-day visit to Turkmenistan, the president landed in northern Balkh province, where Governor Atta Mohammad Noor briefed him on the security situation.

Balkh was one of the peaceful provinces, Noor said, claiming the security forces had foiled multiple attempts by insurgents to spread anarchy and hamper the peace process in the province.

While commending the security forces’efforts to ensure normalcy in the province, the president said: “I came to Balkh to express solidarity with families of the people killed and injured in the recent suicide bombing.”

Ghani also met civil society activists, representatives of women, religious scholars and other influential figures. He heard their recommendations and suggestion on different issues.

A woman activist hailed Ghani’s endeavors to improve women’s situation and protect their rights. She acknowledged women had representation in all walks of lifein Balkh.

The president said his government had prepared a new package for imprisoned women, which would be announced on March 8. Efforts were being made to create new opportunities for women, including jobs.

Speaking to ulema, the president said the fight against corruption and land-grabbers was underway. He asked religious scholars to play their role in this regard and strengthen the government’s ant-corruption drive.

The president said Afghanistan went through security, political and economic transitions in 2014 and 2015 -- years that were crucial to the country’s survival. The enemy tried hard to disrupt security but failed.

He asked youth to support government efforts for reform, as progress could not be achievedwithout reforms and professionalism.