Govt itself creating hurdles to peace talks: Amarkhel
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Former election commission secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel on Thursday said he was against the creation of tribal militias to fight militants, accusing the government of creating hurdles to the peace process.
Addressing a gathering in southeastern Khost province, the ex-secretary of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said some elements within the government were against peace in the country and were trying to create hurdles in the way of peace talks.
“Some officials posed a challenge to the peace talks in the past and they pose a challenge today because they believe they cannot stay in power and cannot grab lands if there is peace in the country,” he claimed.
Amarkhel said some former warlords in northern parts of the country had recently launched efforts to establish their own militaries in the name of defending the system, but their efforts were to destroy the system, asking the government to take strict measures against such elements.
“The warlords want to divide Afghan tribes, weaken the Afghan security forces and pave the way for insecurity,” he said, accusing high ranking officials of violating the Constitution. He said the unity government was a good example of violating the country’s laws.
The former election official said recent presidential legislative decrees regarding electoral reforms were against the Constitution.
“The country’s laws are being violated for personal interests. The laws are only enforced on the poor and ordinary people who have no links with officials.”
Amarkhel said the unity government leaders had failed to keep their election campaign promises and internal disputes between the leaders had rendered many Afghans jobless inside and outside of the country.
“Dozens of Afghan get master’s degrees abroad, but they are not provided jobs. If the joblessness continues, it would be a big challenge for the government and for the nation,” he said.
Amarkhel said all Afghans should be united in their struggle for a lasting peace and stability in the country.
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