MPs warn govt against closed door peace talks
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday asked the government not to hold peace talks behind closed doors and take into confidence the parliament on every step to be taken in this regard.
The lower house members were expressing their views after two days of informal talks between Afghan figures and Taliban representatives in Qatar.
An eight-member Taliban delegation sat together with a 20-member Afghan delegation which included lawmakers, peace negotiators and political parties’ leaders.
Speaking at today’s session, Wolesi Jirga member from western Ghor province, Syed Nadir Shah Bahar, said some ambiguities revolved around the peace process and the government should explain them.
He said the government should not do something that was hidden from the people and should consult people’s representatives about whatever step it took about the peace process in order to ensure the process was transparent.
His colleague from northern Kunduz province, Abdul Wadood Paiman, said the peace talks were not simple and lawmakers should be present at every gathering concerning the peace process.
Abbas Ibrahimzada from northern Balkh province said the ongoing war in Afghanistan was no longer tolerable for the people and the government should consider fundamental ways leading to peace.
Referring to the conference in Qatar, he said: “Talks should not be held with those shedding the blood of Afghans. Mullah Omar had died in a traffic accident in Pakistan five years ago. In Qatar, a few drug smugglers have assembled, the government should not find itself deceived through such gatherings.”
Rumors about Mullah Omar, the Taliban supreme leader, death had surfaced many times in the past, but the Taliban had rejected them.
First deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir, who presided over the session, said that peace was every Afghan’s wish. He said the government should hold talks with top level Taliban leaders in order to have positive results.
He said the government should approve every step from the parliament it would take about the peace process.
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