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NCA: Jirga on deal with US illegal

NCA: Jirga on deal with US illegal

Nov 11, 2013 - 18:18

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A key opposition political party on Monday opposed convention a consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States.

The National Coalition of Afghanistaninfo-icon (NCA), led by former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, said calling the tribal forum was against the constitution.

About 3,000 representatives of people from across the country are expected to attend the event due later this month to advise the government on the security pact.

NCA spokesman Fazal Rahman Orya told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had invited selected people, not real public representatives, to the jirgainfo-icon to deceive the nation.

“The invitees cannot represent the Afghan people because the jirga is a misleading event and that’s why NCA head Dr. Abdullah and other members will not attend it,” he added.

Ignoring the country’s laws and choosing an illegal way would land both Afghans and Americans in a crisis, he believed.

A day earlier, hundreds of opposition political activists warned of kicking up a storm of protests if the security pact allowing the continued US military presence was signed.

At a protest sponsored by the United National Front in Kabul, they said signing the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States would amount to a compromise on the supreme national interest.

Including religious scholars, tribal elders, university teachers, students and a large number of youth, the demonstrators chanted slogans against the US. They said inking the BSA would mean selling Afghanistan to foreigners.


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