Ghani said this when asked for a response on criticism from Abdullah and Karzai over his insistence on a ceasefire before Taliban talks, during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“Sour grapes. Did President Karzai achieve a ceasefire? I did. Did President Karzai offer an unconditional offer to the Taliban? I did. Who is approving in the public opinion polls that they would trust the peace process to? Me,” Ghani said.
“I am engaged with my people. I run on a platform and I have a program. What is the program of President Karzai and Dr. Abdullah. Please show me one piece of paper that either of the gentlemen have produced regarding the future of Afghanistan,” Ghani said.
“The Taliban went to their homes in 2001. For three years, there were security. What actions did the president take with his … and appointments to produce an insurgency? He has to answer the people of Afghanistan. I did not produce this war,” Ghani said.
During the interview, Ghani also said that the rank and file of the Taliban are sick and tired of fighting.
“The people who are sitting in Doha are getting their fourth or fifth wife and are enjoying themselves. The have become investors. The other is this is one of the largest drug running operations in the world – heroin and now amphetamine - so those parts need to be asked about the entire community. Will they be an asset or will they be a liability? It is an answer that we have to find together,” Ghani said.
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
Thursday 23 January 2020 12:00