Peace a meaningless slogan until Taliban continue violence: VP Danesh

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Addressing a conference in Kabul, the second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said Afghan government was welcoming regional and international support for peace, but that should not mean to undermine the last 18 years achievements.
Speaking to inauguration session of the ‘Maihan Literacy Caravan’ program at council of ministers’ palace, VP Danesh said government and people of Afghanistan were the main side of peace process, as they have been giving sacrifices along the way.
“If Taliban think that they will win through peace with USA, that would be only a dream for them. If they don’t stop war and do not accept direct talks with Afghan government, then their calls for peace is only to deceive public opinion,” he said.
Hinting to election as the key achievement of the democratic process and presidential system, the second vice president said peace was not meant to bypass the elections.
“All Afghans are now preparing to vote for the upcoming presidential elections and government as well as the electoral commissions have taken steps to hold timely presidential elections,” he told the participants.
Praising Ministry of Education’s programs for literacy, VP Danesh said government was responsible for capacity building in education sector, but all expectations shouldn’t be made from the ministry alone.
“Besides government, the private sector, Ulema, Masjids, cultural and religious centers, civil institutions and traders can play effective role for literacy in the country,” he added.
Minister of Refugees and Repatriates Sayed Hussain Alimi Balkhi and deputy minister of literacy for ministry of education Dr. Sardar Rahimi were among other speakers that delivered remarks on literacy importance, challenges and national programs for literacy.

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