First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum on Tuesday raised questions on President Ashraf Ghani’s policies for the peace process and addressing the fragile security situation in the country.
Mr. Dostum aligned with Ghani in the 2014 presidential elections told his supporters in his native town of Sheberghan in the northern province of Jawzjan that there is a dire need to expedite efforts for bolstering the peace process in the country.
“We see the peace [talks] between the US and the Taliban continued for seven to eight months. The intra-Afghan negotiations might take more time,” Mr. Dostum said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Dostum said the president “does not have the ability” to break a “deer horn”, referring to Mr. Ghani’s recent comments at a campaign rally in Herat who said he will bring strongmen to their knees and that h has “broken their plastic horns”.
“I think he has seen a deer without a horn and then claimed to have broken its horns. He [Mr. Ghani] has not seen these deers. Mr. Dr. Ashraf Ghani, these horns are not made of plastic, I swear they are sharper than a spear,” Mr. Dostum said as he visited his farmhouse in Sheberghan.
Mr. Dostum’s political reputation was badly damaged in 2016 after his former aide Ahmad Eshchi, who once as governor of Jawzjan, accused him of sexual assault.
Following the scandal, Mr. Dostum is rarely appearing at political gatherings despite being the first vice president of Afghanistan.