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Senators ask unity leaders to dissolve peace body

Senators ask unity leaders to dissolve peace body

Jul 11, 2017 - 22:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate members on Tuesday asked the government to dissolve the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC), a government body tasked with negotiating peace with militants, saying it resembled ‘a white elephant.’

The lawmakers said the peace body despite huge investment had been unable to break the stalemate in the conflict and called for its immediate dissolution.

Mohammad Asif Sidiqi, 2nd deputy chairman of the upper house, who chaired today’s session, said it had been witnessed so far that the HPC had achieved no tangible gain and therefore, there was no need to keep an institution by the name of HPC.

“The HPC is only and only established for embezzlement of money and most of the time, its members are on foreign trips.”

“We want the unity government leaders to close the doors of HPC and divert the council’s budget to the security forces who are fighting on the frontline or use the money to construct a hydropower dam.”

According to Sidiqi, the government should make the HPC packing and organizations supporting the body should spend the money in other areas.

Gulalai Akabari, a lawmaker from northeastern Badakshan province, said the HPC had been unable so far to come up to people’s expectations and it performance and activities had largely been symbolic. She alleged the HPC had also failed to deliver on pledges with reconciled militants. “In a situation where terrorists daily kill dozens of innocent citizens, so we should strengthen our security forces.”

Senator Maulviinfo-icon Ghulam Mohiuddin Munsif from central Kapisa province said many reconciled insurgents had either returned to the battlefield or been killed by former colleagues due HPC’s negligence.

“The HPC leadership and members are more interested in increased salaries and other privileges than their cause.”

The senators spoke against the peace body after Mohammad Karim Khalili took the helm of affairs. Khalili, a former vice president, on Monday said people’s distrust over HPC’s performance was a matter of concern, stressing reforms in the body.

 “Unfortunately, people have a negative approach to the HPC. We should take out the HPC from this situation and do what the people await. We all know that the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon want peace and stability and an end to the conflict,” he had said.

Khalili had said the HPC would soon launch a discussion with political parties, civil society groups, tribal people and other groups of the societyinfo-icon to chalk out a fresh strategy for peace talks between the government and its armed opponents in order make the people part of the process and hide nothing from them.


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