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Unity government urged to implement pledges, resolved difference

Unity government urged to implement pledges, resolved difference

Aug 19, 2016 - 15:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Political and Jihadi Parties High Council (APJPHC) on Friday stressed over the distribution of computerised identity cards, conducted of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district council election and asked the unity government to resolved differences.

APJPHC Spokesman Syed Hamid Gilani expressed the view at a press conference here. He said the council agreed over the inception of unity government set up in order to avoid political turmoil.

He, however, said some parties within the council showed strong opposition to the unity government formation two years back.

He asked the unity government leaders to realise their responsibilities, give preference to the national interest and resolve differences in the largest interest of the country.

“We will not allow anybody to act against the country’s constitution and become the poppet of strangers,” Gilani warned.

APJPHC stance on current political and security situation surfaced when tension between the two unity government partners, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has reached all time high.

Earlier, Abdullah, clinging to his position, insisted on complete implementation of the agreement on forming the national unity government.

“We preferred patience, but I assure people their efforts would not end up in smoke,” CEO added. About his Thursday’s speech, Abdullah said: “Whatever I said was not my personal anger; it was the truth the people should understand.”

He continued: “I have tolerated what I could. Now I’m in a position where I could no longer wait and feel obliged to inform the people of the existing situation.” He affirmed his commitment to meeting people’s demands.

During a meeting last Thursday, the CEO hit out at Ghani’s weak leadership, saying he had no option but to make public his differences with Ghani.

Abdullah had said essential pledges in the unity government agreement, such as convening a Loya Jirga, amending the Constitution to create the post of prime minister and introduce electoral reforms had not been honoured so far.

The CEO said he had been forced to change his modus operandi and the people could no longer wait for the implementation of the commitments.

“Our demand is total implementation of the agreement on unity government; we don’t want anything more or less than that, because implementation of the agreement would lead to the survival and stability of the country,” CEO said.

Presidential Palace, however, rejected CEO comments and said both leaders hav complete understanding on various issues. The Palace said Abdullah’s comments were against the principles of governance.


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