KABUL, Afghanistan – President Ashraf Ghani said peace is not a power-sharing deal, as he spoke at a ceremony held in western Kabul to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain Ibn Ali on Sunday.
Speaking to the public, Ghani said peace does not mean to share power upon a political settlement; but complying with a long-lasting dream of Afghans for peaceful society by ending the ongoing violence.
“Do not be afraid of peace because peace does not mean a power sharing political deal.” Ghani consoled as local media quoted.
He said everyone wants the violence and security threats in the country to end, adding “those who think they are achieving their goals with threats should think again because the people support the republic.”
Meanwhile, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who also attended the ceremony, exclaimed no efforts can set us Muslim brothers apart – regardless of the differences of our sects.
“Despite the effort made to separate Shiites and Sunnis, no one has been able to succeed,” he said. “We are all Muslims and brothers.”
Addressing the forthcoming peace talks, Salah expressed he has no concern on the process, as all the achievements of the past 18 years will be preserved accountably.
“I am not too worried about the current (peace) process because of what our people have gained in recent years will not be lost,” he said as quoted by local media.
Moreover, Second Vice President Sarwar Danish urged the Taliban to be honest in the peace process, exclaiming “a peace with dignity is one in which all values of the republic are preserved.”
“We call on the Taliban to be honest in the peace process and to be ready for dialogue between Afghans,” he said.