Gilani being tipped as new head of High Peace Council
The government is yet to fill the slot that fell vacant after Salahuddin Rabbani was made foreign minister a year ago. Then HPC secretary Masoom Stanikzai looked after the council’s affairs for some time before being chosen as defence minister.
Earlier, the National Security Council (NSC) decided to appoint Qanuni as the government’s chief peace negotiator. But some jihadi and political parties took issue with plans for his appointment.
“Now Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani, former jihadi leader and head of the Mahaz-i-Milli party, has been proposed for the position,” one of his close aides confided to Pajhwok Afghan News.
A member of the party, who wished to go unnamed, said the government had offered the former jihadi leader the top HPC slot. The Coordination Council of Mahaz has reportedly asked Gilani to accept the offer.
Sources in the unity government claimed Qanuni had demanded the post, which the United States and United Nations wanted to be filled as soon as possible.
If the appointment of the council’s chairman was further delayed, the sources said, the US and UN would stop funding the government-controlled peace body.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says, they do not fund HPC.
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