Pakistan in state of undeclared war with Afghanistan: Ghani

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday while introducing Masoom Stanekzai as acting defence minister, said Pakistan was in a state of “undeclared war” with Afghanistan and peace with the neighboring state was of paramount importance.
Ghani introduced Massoum Stanikzai as acting defence minister, Lt. Gen. Abdul Khaliq as deputy defence minister and Lt. Gen. Qadam Shah as Chief of Army Staff, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
“Our national army personnel are patriotic and brave and I take pride in them as a supreme commander,” the president said while addressing a gathering at MoD.
He Afghan security forces had considerable strength and nobody could overlook their power.
He directed the acting defence minister and other officials to take into consideration a rise in the amount of wages of the families of the lost soldiers and to set up a foundation in coordination with international organisations for helping these families.
The president also appreciated the work done by the health team of the MoD for saving lives of many wounded soldiers.
He reiterated that anybody who would use violence against people would be responded equally. “We don’t want war. This war has been imposed on us. We want lasting peace but would respond with full force.”
He again stressed that Afghanistan needed to have a peaceful co-existence with Pakistan in order to end the undeclared hostilities. “We need two kinds of peace. One is with Pakistan because this country is in an undeclared state of war with us.”
“We won’t back down even for a bit. Every person of this country should be assured that peace would occur in framework of the country’s constitution and the holy religion of Islam,” he concluded.
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