Wolesi Jirga asks govt to explain peace process, Kerry remarks
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday asked the government to brief the lower house of parliament on the peace process and recent remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry about the unity government deal.
First deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir said John Kerry’s remarks during his recent surprise visit to Kabul about the Afghan government’s fate had affected a majority of the Afghans. “We want the government to provide information to us about the peace talks and the stance of both the warring sides.”
Qadir said Afghanistan seemed to be heading to a new crisis and the Afghans were longing for peace. He said it was unfortunate that some people created problems whenever voice for peace was raised
On April 9, John Kerry said the Afghan unity government would complete its five-year term and the political deal he helped reach between the coalition partners in September 2014 had no specific expiry date.
Under the terms of the deal, a loya jirga was expected to be held within two years to amend the Constitution, but there was no fixed deadline, Kerry had said, dismissing assumptions that the government will end in September.
The loya jirga could decide to change the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) post into a prime ministerial one.
Qadir said anyone damaging national interests and derailing the peace process would face a serious reaction from the Afghans.
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