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Senators welcome Saudi conference on Afghanistan

Senators welcome Saudi conference on Afghanistan

Jul 10, 2018 - 18:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house members on Tuesday welcomed the ongoing two-day international conference on peace efforts in Afghanistaninfo-icon in the Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia.

The international conference of religious scholars from around the worldinfo-icon on peace efforts in Afghanistan kicked off in Jeddah on Tuesday and will end Wednesday in Meccainfo-icon.

Religious scholars attending the key event are expected to ask the Talibaninfo-icon to join the peace process and recognize the democratically-elected Afghan government.

Around 110 religious scholars from over 36 Muslim countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistaninfo-icon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Sudan and Tunisia, are participating in the conference.

Abdul Baqi Barayal, an upper house member from southern Ghazni province, welcomed the peace conference on Afghanistan and hoped the meeting would resolve the ongoing conflict in the country.

Nazar Mohammad Faqir, another member of the Senate, also welcomed the clerics gathering and said peace was the demand of the Afghanistan people. He urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to seize the opportunity of stability in the country.

Senator Gul Ahmad Azimi from western Farah province termed the gathering of global ulemainfo-icon in Saudi Arabia as a huge achievement for Afghanistan and said the conference should discuss all issues concerning the ongoing conflict.

Mohammad Alam Izedyar, first deputy chairman, who chaired today’s session, also the gathering in Jeddah as a golden opportunity for the Afghan government and urged the warring parties to take benefit from the chance.

Tension in northern parts of country

Protests emerged in northern provinces after the Ministry of Defense announced detaining Nizamuddin Qaisari, who led a group of illegal gunmen in Faryab, Mohammad Dawod Mubariz in Farah, Rahimullah an illegal armed men commander in Uruzgan and Nadar Shah in Badakhshan provinces.

The detention of the strongmen triggered protests in these provinces. Hundreds of Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum’s supporters have been protesting against Qaisari’s arrest. So three people have been killed and five others wounded.

Senator Gul Mohammad Rasouli told today’s session that the demonstrations continued, but no one listened to their voice.

However, senator Mohammad Hanif Hanafi from central Uruzgan province said the government should arrest all illegal commanders across the country.




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