Tribal chiefs, civil society urge fair polls
Noor Agha Sahak, the Sahak tribe head, said a dozen tribal council and six civil society organisation chiefs met in Kabul on ways of strengthening unity and brining lasting peace to the country.
Ghazi Nawaz Tanai, the Tani council chief, supported the idea of organising such meetings and said unity among Afghan tribes was vital to speedy progress of the country.
He urged the government to strive for conducting free and fair elections in April 2014. Flawed polls would spell trouble for the country, he warned.
Mohammad Ibrahim Alokozai, another tribal chieftain, observed intra-tribe unity was all the more important at time when the peace process was underway and foreign troops were leaving Afghanistan.
Nazir Ahmadzai, a representative of nomadic Kuchis, highlighted the tribes’ role in bringing unity and resolving the problems of Afghanistan over the decades.
Najibullah Nasiri, another participant, asked tribal elders to conduct such meetings more frequently. He urged the various tribes to show the spirit of patriotism.
At the end of the meeting, the participants asked the government to ensure peace and stability in the country and conduct inclusive elections.
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