Senators want Russia, UN included in QCG talks
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Mesharano Jirga --- or upper house of parliament --- on Tuesday said they backed the 5th Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) meeting scheduled to be held in Islamabad tomorrow and demanded the inclusion of Russia and the United Nations (UN) in the talks.
Zalmai Zabuli, a lawmaker from southern Zabul province, said the Afghan government should go to the meeting fully prepared and should demand the inclusion of Russia and the UN in the four-way push to revive the stalled peace process. He lashed out at Pakistan for not being sincere in the Afghan peace process.
He said the US and China should guarantee they would not prefer Islamabad’s interest over Afghanistan’s interest during the four-way talks.
Senator Sher Mohammad Akhuzada from Helmand province also stressed the need for inclusion of the UN and Russia in the QCG talks.
He doubted Pakistan’s role in the peace talks and alleged peace could not be achieved until Islamabad made sincere efforts.
Mohammad Alem Ezedyar supported the remarks of Zabuli and Akhunzada and said the government should not deceive itself further on empty promises of Pakistan.
Senate deputy secretary Najiba Hussaini said the Afghan government should never close its doors on peace and advised Afghan officials to be more careful during talks with Pakistan.
Senate Chariman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said: “Peace is the desire of every Afghan, but we want peace that ensures the protection the decade long achievements.”
He demanded the US and China put pressure on Pakistan so that Islamabad could play an honest role in the Afghan peace bid.
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