Qanuni appointed as High Peace Council chief
The decision was finalised during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, a government source close the development said without giving more details.
Hailing for central Panjsher province, Younus Qanuni had formerly served as former interior minister, education minister, Wolesi Jirga speaker and for a few months as first vice president after the death of Marshal Qasim Fahim.
Former president Hamid Karzai decreed the reconciliation programme in compliance with the advice from the National Peace Advisory Jirga with financial support from the international community in 2010.
The High Peace Council (HPC), a government entity tasked with negotiating peace with insurgents, has been leading the programme since its launch five years ago.
Former president and HPC chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide attacker who posed as peace emissary at Rabbani’s residence in Kabul in September, 2011.
After the death of his father, Salahuddin Rabbani was appointed as new HPC head for but later when the unity government was formed, he was appointed as foreign minister and he quit that position.
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