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Officials, Civil Society Members in Blood Donor Drive For ANDSF

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blood-donationSecurity officials, civil society members and residents of Kabul gathered Sunday at the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital to donate blood for injured Afghan National Security Force (ANDSF) troops.

The campaign was launched under the theme : "Soldier, Your Blood is Our Honor".

Interior Minister Noorolhaq Olomi who was among the officials donating blood said that as long as people support the security forces, the insurgents will be beaten.

"Insurgents are always thinking that they can kill innocent people and destabilize the security and stability of the country. As the security forces defend the nation today, so too did they defend the country in the past," he said.

Another top security officer present was Gen. Murad Ali Murad, the deputy chief of staff of the Afghan National Army (ANA), who said that they had carried out successful blood donation drives around the country Sunday.

A celebrity donar was Farhad Darya, the popular Afghan singer, who also gave up his time to help the troops. He said that everyday Afghan soldiers sacrificed their lives to fight for peace and everyday dozens of families lost sons who fight insurgents as proud soldiers.

He said that a nation forced to spill the blood of its sons in exchange for peace is unforgiveable. As an Afghan I want to call on all insurgent groups involved in this war and tell them that they need to have the determination to work towards peace because they are splitting the nation.

Anarkali Honaryar, a Senator who was also there to donate blood said that "as a representative of the Meshrano Jirga (The Upper House) and a person of honor I am donating blood for them today and to say to them that their sister is also alongside them".

A spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Hassib Sediqi said that "we have come here to donate blood for those who defend our people in the trenches. This is the least we can do for our security forces."

Officials at the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital said that so far they had received about 15,000 ccs. They said this was not a massive amount but that it would help soldiers and it would send a strong message to the public to come forward and help donate blood for the security forces.