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Afghan forces fully ready for people’s safety during the three days of Eid al-Adha

Officials from ministries of Interior and Defense on Saturday assured that Afghan forces are fully ready to ensure people’s safety during the three days of Eid al-Adha.

The security forces will be in a special status during the Eid days, the Defense Ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said at a press conference.

“The security and defense forces will leave no stone unturned to ensure people’s safety during the Eid days and thwart terrorists’ attacks,” Mr. Ahmadzai said.

Meanwhile, Interior Ministry’s spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said that the police force members are fully ready to repel any type of threat from militants.

He called on the people to cooperate with police and inform them if they see any suspect.

“Security forces will continue their efforts implement proper measures for security as per the expectation of the people of Afghanistan,” Mr. Rahimi said.

Afghans will observe Eid al-Adha from Sunday to Tuesday.

This comes after Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada in an Eid message called on members of the group to give protection to the people during Eid days.

“My instructions to you are that you give full attention to protecting, helping and comforting your believing nation during Eid days. Take all necessary steps for the well-being and security of your fellow compatriots. Visit the families of martyrs, disabled and prisoners and assist them to the best of your capabilities,” Mr. Akhundzada wrote, a day after the Taliban car bomb in Kabul killed scores of Afghans.

Mr. Akhundzada who like his predecessor Mullah Omar refrains to appear in public has also talked about the peace process and said that the Taliban are tackling the peace talks seriously.

But the Afghan government on Thursday, August 8, said that the Eid felicitation message by the Taliban leader smells war and panic as the reclusive militant commander asks his fighters to ensure the safety of the people during Eid days.