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Govt fearing its own fate to call loya jirga: Massoud

Govt fearing its own fate to call loya jirga: Massoud

Apr 18, 2016 - 20:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former presidential advisor Shahzada Massoud has said the unity government doesn’t want to convene a loya jirgainfo-icon as the regime fears the grand assembly may decide against it.

Under the terms of agreement of the unity government, a loya jirga will be called into session in two years to amend the Constitution and create a post of prime minister.

But Massoud told Pajhwok Afghan News on Monday that the unity government feared the loya jirga could take a decision against its formation.

He also criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry over his remarks that the unity government would complete its five-year term, saying the government was established against the Constitution and was due to lose its legitimacy after the passage of two years.

Kerry, who arrived on a surprise visit earlier this month had said that the term of the unity government was not for two years but it was for five years.

Massoud said Kerry’s remarks were a clear interference in Afghanistaninfo-icon’s affairs and showed the government had been established by Kerry who could extend its period.

He also criticised the government for failing to bring about reforms and instead multiplied economic, security and political problems in the country.

He said thousands of educated Afghan youth had left the country due to bad security and the government’s internal rivalries. Massoud asked political parties, national leaders, tribal elders, religious scholars and the youth to get united and rescue the country from the current crises.

He believed the traditional loya jirga was the only solution to Afghanistan’s problems and the government should conduct the jirgainfo-icon as it had promised at the beginning.

About Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah’s remarks that some politicians lacked information about the unity government agreement,  Massoud said it had been clearly written in the agreement that the government would call into session a loya jirga within two years of its formation.

About the ongoing efforts to revive the stalled peace talks, he said Pakistaninfo-icon had never wished peace in Afghanistan and had not been honest to help Kabul achieve peace.

He welcomed peace talks with the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan (HIA), saying it was a good news for the people because HIA was a largest party in the country.


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