Qalamuddin refuses to comment on Sayyaf remarks
Qalamuddin, also a member of the High Peace Council, told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghanistan’s first and foremost need was peace in the current situation and all Afghans particularly tribal elders and politicians should work together for durable peace in the country.
“Afghanistan is in a bad condition, we all should work together to stabilise the country instead of destroying each other,” he said and refused to comment on Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf’s remarks against him.
Sayyaf had said there were elements within the government who wanted to weaken the regime calling such elements as “a fifth pillar of the state.”
Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday asked the government to expose and eliminate spies within the regime and warned that if Sayyaf was assassinated, the blame would be put on Qalamuddin.
A few days ago Qalamuddin told a television channel that had Sayyaf captured Taliban’s late supreme leader Mullah Omar during Mujahideen government or after that, Sayyaf would have killed him and if Omar had captured Sayyaf, he would also meet the same fate.
Without elaborating, Qalamuddin had said the nation was not wrong “don’t behead the nation, behead yourself, stop disunity.”
Few days ago Sayyaf told a ceremony marking the fourth death anniversary of former president Burhanudin Rabbani had said some government officials wanted to destroy the government.
“A puppet who is living under our own quilt in an interview from an underground room says Sayyaf failed to cut Omar’s head, he also says Taliban will cut my head if they capture me.”
He did not name Qalamuddin, but said the man he was talking about received $2,000 in monthly salary and was living in Kabul and “sometimes appears in meetings and sit behind others.”
But Qalamuddin said he had not contacted Sayyaf and would not comment on his remarks to fuel a fight over the media.
He said Afghanistan was damaged by decades of war and its people needed to work together and improve stability in the country.
About the claims that some officials were destroying the system, he said he did not know about them and if such individuals existed, the government should take action against them.
Qalamuddin was hopeful for peace in Afghanistan and said the United States should mount pressure on Pakistan to prepare Taliban for peace.
He said China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey could also help and put pressure on Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
Several Taliban militants have joined the peace process as a result of the HPC’s efforts, he said.
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