Addressing a special gathering in Kabul on the eve of security transition’s completion, security officials speaking at the Marshal Fahim Military Academy on Monday praised the government’s strong stance against insurgents and reaffirmed commitment to thwarting the machinations of regional nations and their collaborators inside Afghanistan.
New graduates at Marshal Fahim Military Academy, the primary audience of the ceremony, vowed to sacrifice themselves for the sake of protecting Afghanistan’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty.
“The whole nation firmly supports you and you shouldn’t be worried about anything,” Deputy Minister of Defense Mohammad Homayoun Fawzi said. “Over the course of history, the Afghan people have proved their courage to the world and this nation has collapsed many empires.”
Mr. Fawzi went on to call Taliban insurgents cowards. “Those that resort to planting mines are in fact committing a cowardly act, because they have lost the capability to stand against you,” he said.
First Deputy Senate Speaker Mohammad Alam Ezidyar also spoke at the gathering. “The enemies of the security forces are enemies to our police, army, national directorate of security personnel, the people and they are the enemy of our religion; therefore you go to fight them with strong faith,” he said. “It is a milestone development in our modern history that a confusing policy toward insurgents is now changing toward a more transparent policy.”
The graduates of Marshal Fahim Military Academy enter national security forces that are more expansive, well-trained and equipped than at any other time in Afghan history.
“There is a huge difference if we compare the resources available to you with the sources held by the opponents; you have got an army and special units,” said Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, the Acting Governor of Kabul province. “Each and everything counts during battle, but you are facing a coward and intelligence war that the insurgents have waged against you.”
Alongside their military training, graduates at the Marshal Fahim Military Academy have also received education in various other fields such as law, technology and linguistics.
Marshal Fahim Military Academy was established with financial assistance from the United Kingdom and it is Afghanistan’s largest military academy. Named after the recently deceased First Vice President of Afghanistan under Hamid Karzai, currently more than 4,500 cadets are enrolled in the academy.