President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to revamp his administration’s sweeping anti-graft campaign in Afghanistan’s security institutions and undertake systematic reforms in security ranks.
Addressing a gathering of newly graduated Afghan National Army (NAA) officers in Kabul on Thursday, Ghani said those involved in the exploitation of facilities of the security forces, embezzling money and selling weapons to the insurgents will not be tolerated anymore.
A Total of 343 Afghan army officers graduated from Mashal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul as the country continues to grapple with a spate of terror attacks and Taliban insurgency.
“These 343 young officers of Afghanistan today want to convey a message to the enemies of Afghanistan, you (enemies of Afghanistan) will take your designs to grave,” said Ghani.
He said that the government is also considering bringing about systematic reforms in the security forces.
President Ghani was speaking during the graduation ceremony of the 343 army officers who completed their four-year training in Marshal Fahim National Defense University (MFNDU).
“The integration of these officers would further develop the operational and tactical capabilities of the Afghan army in terms of quality and quantity,” said Jalandar Shah Behnam, the commander of Marshal Fahim Militayr University.
“Anyone who sells ammunition to the enemy, steal soldiers’ food, commits corruption and sells their fuel, will not be tolerated by our faithful nation and our champion security forces,” said Ghani.
“We are not afraid of recent hostilities by some of our neighbors. That will only help the terrorists,” said army chief of staff general Qadam Shah Shaheem.
“You (the enemy) will never be able to reach your objectives, we are here to defend our country,” said newly graduate officer Zabiullah.
The graduation ceremony comes at a time when, over recent months, the Afghan security forces have spent tough times on the battlefields of their counter-terrorism campaigns.