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“Your Presence sends a clear message of patriotism for terrorists,” President Ghani

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President Ghani inaugurating the fifth international symposium of Afghan women President Ghani inaugurating the fifth international symposium of Afghan women
 KABUL:President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the fifth international symposium of Afghan women entitled “Responsible citizen, Accountable government in each other’s cooperation for a healthy society” here yesterday at the presidential palace, a statement said.
The symposium was attended by first lady Rula Ghani, cabinet members, ambassadors, UNAMA representative and women activists, the presidential press office said.
First Lady Rula Ghani spoke and briefed the participants on goal of the symposium.
Hinting to recent terrorist incidents in the country, President Ghani called the attacks contrary to national interests and Islamic teachings, adding terrorists have target democratic process and freedoms. He said terrorists wanted to continue the 40 years of violence and destabilize the country.
President Ghani praised Women’s Association and activists as well as the international partners for their initiative of holding the fifth international symposium of Afghan women, the statement added.
Addressing the women, President Ghani said their presence was a clear message of patriotism to terrorists, hoping that Afghan women would not go back to the times of oppression, poverty and backwardness. The women were present, and their presence was durable, he concluded.
The president termed commercialization of politics as the biggest challenge, saying politics shouldn’t be the ground for business. “Those who want to do business and have capital should not waste energy in politics, but in business.”
The president went on saying that women playing key role in establishing durable peace in the country and emphasized on women’s participation to the election process.
According to presidential palace statement, the president said investment on education sector to change the fate of the next five years which is everyone’s responsibility.
“Reformation is aimed to institutionalize democracy and bring about relief to the people. We need to fight corruption,” the president said.
The president said Afghanistan has witnessed autocratic, family and dictatorship governments which is no longer needed. “Afghan nation would like to establish the government through elections.”
“Based on the country’s constitution, my tenure would be ended in first of Jawzah, 1398 Solar Year,” the president noted, asking people to have active participation in the elections process. He also said those disturbing the elections process was indeed disturbing the stability. “Recent terrorist attacks were indeed on elections and our political stability.”
The president said until last week 24 percent of women were registered as voters, a low percentage. Earlier, the Independent Election Commission had announced documenting 1.4 million voters. Ministers of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Labor, Social Affairs and Disabled, Director of the Local Organs, UNAMA representative to Kabul, EU envoy and UK representative also delivered remarks in the symposium.