President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday asked intelligence officials to conduct a deep analysis of insecure districts and identify factors of instability.
The president, who addressing a seminar on its third and last day involving senior intelligence officials from Kabul and provinces, said it was important to clearly analyze the situation in insecure districts, a statement from the Presidential Palace said. The statement quoted the president as saying that the factors of instability should be identified and addressed. President Ghani praised efforts of intelligence operatives at eliminating the armed opponents. He said his government’s basic goal was a stable Afghanistan and that national interests were kept supreme in major policy decisions. The president said the seminars aimed at sharing views, experiences were beneficial and asked the participants to come up with long and short term plans for effective implementation of security mechanisms. He said terrorism was not an indigenous problem in Afghanistan, but was a regional and international issue. The president also stressed on enhanced security of intelligence officials and issued directives for presenting a special policy in this regard to the National Security Council. He said the intelligence service had enough capacity but the sector needed increased investment. The president asked the intelligence officials to treat all Afghans equally irrespective of their tribal, ethnic and political affiliations. National Directorate of Security chief Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai said different topics particularly measures against perceived threats next year, crimes, terrorism and mafia groups are include of the agenda of seminar. He said people’s cooperation particularly of religious scholars, civil society groups and the media was also discussed at the gathering.