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Dr. Abdullah asks people to remain united against enemies

 KABUL:Addressing an event to mark World Press Freedom Day at the Press Hall of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Chief  Executive Dr. Abdullah said: “In fact the Taliban is a criminal group and despite NUG’s repeated demands for peace and negotiation, they refuse, and with the continuation of the crimes, it became possible for other terrorist groups to be placed in Afghanistan and to be able to commit such crimes.”
The event was attended by acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, deputy minister of publication Fazel Sancharaki, UNESCO representative to Kabul and a number of journalists and government officials.
Dr. Abdullah said terrorist groups were targeting the Afghan people under different names. ”Terrorist groups, all of them, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, under different names, have repeated the crimes in the past and today, one group will take responsibility for committing crimes against the people of Afghanistan,” Dr. Abdullah added.
Praising braveries and sacrifices of the Afghan journalists and media outlets, Dr. Abdullah said enemies were trying to target the main achievements of Afghanistan, which according to him media and freedom of expression is among them.
Dr. Abdullah referred to the Afghanistan’s Federation of Journalists’ statement and said that all their suggestions and demands are accepted and supported by the NUG. 
“All the recommendations are accepted by the leadership of the national unity government and you will see practical action,” said Dr. Abdullah. 
In addition, Dr. Abdullah said that when the Taliban launched their spring operations four days ago, there were probably 400 threats, but only 80 threats were launched, and other Taliban’s threats were foiled.
In conclusion, Dr. Abdullah asked the people of Afghanistan to stand united against the enemies of the country. 
“If the people of Afghanistan all together do not convey united messages to the enemies of Afghanistan and do not condemn the enemy, then the enemy will be allowed to become open to crime. And unfortunately, we did not see this happen on a national level.”
Meanwhile delivering his remarks, acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari extended condolences to the families of the victim journalists, adding government’s main goal was development and that would not happen sans media’s cooperation.
Minister Bawari said Ministry of Information and Culture was supporting freedom of expression, adding in line with the country’s constitution and government’s instruction MoIC would spare no effort to pave the way for free media activity in the country.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s message was readout by the deputy presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi, saying the world press Freedom Day was being marked at the time that media society and Afghan people mourning martyrs of the journalists.
“The terrorists with targeting democratic process like elections and targeting of journalists and schools have committed inhuman acts and is indeed war crime,” President Ghani said in his statement.
Representing the Afghanistan Journalists Federation, Sediqullah Tawhidi asked government to guarantee safety of journalists while covering war related incidents and prosecute those behind the deadly attacks. 
UNESCO representative in Kabul also read-out message of the organization’s secretary general, saying the attack was the deadliest in the country and that the organization was condemning the heinous attack of the militants.
The session was followed with a panel discussion attended by Deputy Minister of Publication, Mawlana Abdullah, Khenjani in charge of One Tv, Zwak in charge of Kabul News Tv and Shafiqa Habibi head of Women Supporting Association, where they discussed the ongoing situation of the media and the threats existed for them.
On Monday Daesh militants carried out two suicide bombings in Kabul, where 29 people including nine journalists were killed and nearly 50 others wounded.