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MoD backs depoliticisation of armed forces


MoD backs depoliticisation of armed forces

Sep 19, 2017 - 16:54

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday supported the presidential order prohibiting prosecutors, judges and armed forces' officials from joining political parties.

In line with the presidential order, the ministry barred military officials from supporting parties and political groups or taking part in protests.

Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, MoD spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the armed forces were composed of Afghan citizens who respected the constitution.

Article 153 of the constitution says: “Judges, attorneys, officers of the armed forces, police and national security personnel shall not become members of political parties during their term of office.”

The armed forces are defending the country’s territory and national sovereignty under the leadership of the president, who is also their commander-in-chief, according to Waziri.

The Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel, not accepting political influence, followed their "God, country and duty", the MoD spokesman added.

He said ANA soldiers would be cleansed of tribal, languistic, regional and religious discrimination/ Je warned those who were found involved in such practices would be fired.