Abdullah admits to growing pessimism among Afghans
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday acknowledged the Afghans had been optimistic with the formation of the unity government, but now they had become pessimistic and wanted change in their lives and in the current situation.
A statement from the CEO office said Abdullah met with Meshrano Jirga chairman and members and discussed with them the prevailing situation in the country.
At the start of the meeting, the statement said, the senators besides closing the doors of the High Peace Council and adopting a clear stance against Pakistan stressed resolution to internal differences between the unity government leaders.
The lawmakers urged the government to adhere to merit in making appointments and offer governments jobs to patriotic and those committed to the national interest.
They also stressed a reward and punishment system in government affairs and demanded increased attention to provinces in areas of civil and military and a crackdown on corruption.
The lawmakers were concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the country and urged the CEO to reach out to people’s and provinces’ problems. They also shared problems facing their respective provinces and constituents with the CEO and urged early solutions.
The statement said Abdullah called the concerns expressed by the senators as genuine and said: “Except resolving people’s and the country’s problems I am busy with nothing else.”
Abdullah said at a time when Afghanistan’s stability, sovereignty and survival were at stake, all other issues had secondary importance for him.
He said Afghanistan faced numerous problems and challenges which could be overcome with preservation of unity as a united Afghanistan was in the interest of all and work should be done in this regard.
He said wasting time on petty issues would exacerbate the existing major problems and there was no way out except working together and moving ahead jointly.
“When the unity government was formed, people had a lot of expectations and hopes, but negligence and laxity in work brought us to where we are today.”
“People are hopeless, they want change in the situation and their lives and the change can come with joint efforts, with honesty in work inside and outside of the government. We all have responsibilities, the prime responsibility lies with the government leaders.”
The CEO urged the senators not to allow anyone to fuel differences on ethnic lines and work for strengthening national unity.
He said efforts had been launched to resolve security related problems and very soon special attention would be paid to security and development affairs in provinces.
Abdullah told the lawmakers that their views would be incorporated in all decision and their problems would be looked into.
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