President Ashraf Ghani, the Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and his deputies attended Ashura ceremonies in different parts of Kabul on Thursday.
Addressing an Ashura ceremony in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi area, President Ghani condemned the recent attacks on the Hazara and Shi’a community in the capital and said these attacks were attacks against the entire nation.
He said the country needs to stand together to defend the enemy adding that “I come to a place that is always under threat and I accepted this.”
Ghani also stated that the “terrorists attacking education centers, mosques and places of worship” do not follow a righteous path and that insurgents are trying to introduce sectarianism into the war. He said although they will not achieve this, it was still a big threat to the country.
Ghani stated “the voice of justice will prevail” and Afghanistan is a symbol of unity in the Muslim world as it is made up of different ethnic groups.
“Today, the swords and the Yazidis of the time want to change Afghanistan into another Karbala and create mourning and doom for Muslims,” Ghani said.
Second Vice President Sarwar Danish meanwhile said: “A responsive and responsible government can never act exclusively, and it can never discriminate between its citizens in terms of linguistic, ethnic or religion.”
Meanwhile, the chief executive and his deputies attended an Ashura ceremony in Al Zahra mosque - close to where the president attended a similar event.
The second deputy chief executive Mohammad Mohaqiq said government lacks unity and that this has affected national unity.
He said the lack of will in the Presidential Palace is one of the reasons behind the current crisis in the country.
CEO Abdullah Abdullah meanwhile admitted that there are some challenges in government but he called on the people to unite.
“We want to witness unity and harmony between Shias and Sunnis and people from every ethnicity and language like we witness today,” he said.
Heavy security measures were in place on Thursday around the city but many people said they were concerned about their safety.
“Government pushed the people to pick up guns and maintain their own security,” said Ali Sina, a security guard at an Ashura ceremony.