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11 suspects linked to recent attacks detained: Ghani

11 suspects linked to recent attacks detained: Ghani

Feb 02, 2018 - 16:47

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday said eleven suspects had been arrested in connection with the recent spate of deadly attacks and vowed the Afghans would take revenge event if it takes a hundred years.

In a televised address to the nation after Friday’s prayers at the mosque in the Presidential Palace, Ghani said a new security plan for Kabul would be ready on Sunday.

The president said Pakistan was ‘the center of Taliban’ who were responsible for the recent deadly attacks that killed and wounded nearly 500 people.

“Now the decision rests with Pakistan, whatever it (Pakistan) likes for itself,  it should like the same for others,” Ghani said. “No one can defeat us, we are unconquerable. Today is the time to change our grief into determination.”

“Islam is a universal religion and the Taliban who claimed the latest attacks do not believe in Allah and His Prophet”, Ghani remarked, declaring the Afghans were not only winning the war but also on the reconciliation front.

The president said the whole of Afghanistan was mourning today and the day was unforgettable. He said the attacks were not against Afghan children, women or men but against the Afghan nation.

He said 11 suspects had been detained in connection with the recent deadly attacks in surprise raids from Kabul to Fazal Beg area, Logar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces and the raids would continue.

The president promised to consult jihaid leaders, religious scholars, tribal elders, women and the youth on issues of national importance. Ghani urged the youth to join the national forces to defend the motherland.

The president was speaking a day after Interior Minister Wais Barmak and intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai claimed to have handed over an “undeniable evidence” to Islamabad connecting Pakistan-based insurgents with the recent attacks.

Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul said on Thursday that officials in Islamabad were assessing the evidence presented during a visit by the two senior Afghan officials. It said Pakistan had given no commitment to take any action.