Responding to Taliban’s threat to disrupt the presidential election, the Presidential Palace on Tuesday said the Afghan government had put in place all measures for holding free, transparent and countrywide polls.
The Taliban warned on Tuesday of attacking presidential election rallies, asking the people to keep aloof from such gatherings.
A statement from the Presidential Palace received by Pajhwok Afghan News said it was basic and Islamic right of people to participate in election and vote their next leader.
It said the government had made all preparations for holding the election in a free, transparent way and on the national level.
Contrary to Taliban’s claim who are negotiating with the US in Qatar right now, a large amount of election budget was maintained by the Afghan government and the process was fully under the Afghans control, the statement added.
The statement said members of the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament were elected representatives of the people and they also supported holding the next presidential election in a bill today.
The Afghan government once again asked all institutes involved in the election to hold the ballot on its schedule.
Security forces are fully ready to protect people against threats and would not let anyone stop them from participating in a process that defines their own fate, the statement said.
“The Taliban who apparently chant slogans of peace but they threaten Afghans to death on a daily basis, we want to them to show their face of peace to the public and stop threatening them,” the Presidential Palace said.
“Afghans in the past also proved that fear and threats cannot stop them from participating in national processes”, it read.
The source said Afghans would again use their enfranchise and elect the leader of their choice.