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Party rejects Karzai's peace policy

Party rejects Karzai's peace policy

Oct 13, 2011 - 20:54

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The extraparliamentary Peace and Change Party on Thursday rejected President Hamid Karzai's policy of peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon, it could once again lead to civil war in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

"The creation of the High Peace Councilinfo-icon was a wrong decision. The council is itself a party to the conflict while it has been tasked with brokering peace between the Taliban and the government," Farooq Azam, the party chief, told a press conference in Kabul.

He said the Peace Council had been unable to achieve its goals and that the new policy to bring peace could turn Afghanistan into a battlefield for Pakistaninfo-icon, Iran and the US, who would decide the fate of Afghanistan. "Such a policy could create the situation like 1989-90 when the civil war began," Azam said.

During a meeting with religious scholars on September 30th, President Karzai had said militants' hideouts existed in Pakistan and talks should be held with the neighbouring country to bring the rebels to the negotiation table.

Azam said he had told the then-chief of the High Peace Council, Burhanuddin Rabbani, to place uncontroversial people on the Council, but he did not agree. Rabbani was killed in a suicide attack in Kabul on Sept. 20.




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