‘Countries echoing peace main culprits in Afghan war’
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A top public representative in northern Balkh province on Wednesday said the High Peace Council (HPC) had achieved nothing significant despite consuming a huge amount of money during the past four years.
The provincial council head said countries making hue and cry for peace in Afghanistan were actually responsible for prolonging the conflict.
However, the provincial peace committee chief said the peace body had many achievements.
The conflicting claims were made at gathering attended by local officials and civil society activists in Mazar-i-Sharif city, the provincial capital.
Civil Society Network head for the northern zone, Manuchehr Ibrahimi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the gathering was organized by 60 civil society groups in the zone.
The aim of the meeting was to hear views of Afghans from of different parts about ongoing efforts at reviving the stalled peace talks, he said.
Provincial council head Mohammad Afzal Hadid told Pajhwok on the sidelines of the gathering that the HPC had failed to meet people’s expectations. Despite spending a lot of money, the peace body’s achievements were zero, he said.
Hadid continued the peace talks faced many complex issues and countries pretending to be desperate for peace in Afghanistan were not interested in bringing stability and even they fueled violence in the country. He did not name any country.
“Recent conferences held about peace were just a waste of time and aimed to deceive people,” Hadid caimed. He said the government was struggling with several hardships in advancing the peace process.
He said people had little trust in the government which lacked a proper policy about peace and had several other weaknesses.
He said the HPC had no role in the peace process and everything in this regard was being done by the government itself. “Achieving peace is difficult until people’s trust in the government is restored,” he added.
But Balkh HPC committee head Baz Mohammad Gharibyar said the body had many achievements during the past four years.
He said 324 militants had reconciled with the government in Balkh province during the past four years through the peace committee, leaving a positive impact on the security situation.
Gharibyar said traveling on the Mazar-Shiberghan highway had been risky in the past due to the presence of militants but now there was no problem after the insurgents had joined the peace process in Balkh.
He added 100 of the reconciling militants had been absorbed in the Afghan Local Police (ALP) force, which had a key role improving the security situation.
He said the government implemented eight development projects in each area where militants had joined the peace process in order to narrow the gap between the people and the government.
However, Manuchehr Ibrahimi believed countries pledging to establish peace in Afghanistan were not sincere in their promises.
He said Pakistan was trying to achieve its own interests in the ongoing efforts at reviving the peace talks.
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