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Enemies out to frustrate peace bid: Karzai

Enemies out to frustrate peace bid: Karzai

Feb 21, 2014 - 18:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Friday alleged that “enemies” were trying to frustrate his administration’s efforts for national reconciliation.

At a meeting with pro-government religious scholars, the president renewed his commitment to conducting presidential provincial elections on schedule.

In a statement from the Presidential Palace, he urged the people to participate actively in the election process and vote for a candidate of their choice.

Karzai called peace Afghanistaninfo-icon’s fundamental requirement, believing the situation had been conducive to reconciliation since the November consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.

His condition to sign the BSA only if a practical reconciliation process was initiated had spurred a peace movement. “But our peace efforts have enemies. Those who work for peace are martyred,” he lamented.

The president said the killing of former Talibaninfo-icon minister Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Raqib in Pakistaninfo-icon’s northwestern city of Peshawar had once again illustrated hurdles to the peace drive.

At the meeting, Hafiz Abdul Qayyum read out a statement from the Afghanistan Ulemainfo-icon Council, which urged Afghans to vote in large numbers in April 5 vote.

The scholars asked the people to vote for a candidate committed to the religion and the country and having political acumen. While stressing interference-free polls, they explained the ulema supported no particular contender.



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