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Consultative Loya Jirga be convened in March: Daudzai

Consultative Loya Jirga be convened in March: Daudzai

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Feb 25, 2019 - 23:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) Secretary Umar Daudzai on Monday welcomed the participation of Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Ghani Beradar in talks with US Envoy for Afghan Peace Zalmay Khalilzad and said the president would soon issue decree to call Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon.

He said the Loya Jirga would be convened in the middle of March in Kabul in which over 2,000 people, including 30 percent womeninfo-icon would participate.

He said the Loya Jirga would give government suggestions on what to agree and what not to agree during talks with the Talibaninfo-icon and adopt a mutually agreed mechanism for reconciliation with the Taliban.

He said all provinces were compelled to introduce their members within one week.

He added a monitoring team comprised of two members of the HPC, two members of the Ulemainfo-icon Council and one from HPC secretariat would travel to the provinces to observe the process of choosing individuals for the Consultative Loya Jirga.

He said 1,100 members of the Loya Jirga would be picked from provinces on the bases of their representation in the parliament and population ratio while 900 others would be picked from Kabul.

He said the purpose of mammoth gathering was to seek a national consensus for peace and ensure sustainable peace in the country.

“Another purpose is the Loya Jirga may guide us towards a joint strategy and may help protect the achievement of the past,” he said.

He feared regional consensus on peace and said regional countries supported Afghanistaninfo-icon peace efforts in words but not in practice.

Referring to the fifth round of talks between the Taliban and the US, he said Taliban’s demands were the pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan, removal of the Taliban’s name from black list and release of the Taliban prisoners.

Daudzai said the presence of Mullah Beradar in the fifth round of talks was a positive move adding that the Taliban deputy head was pro-peace even during his imprisonment in Pakistaninfo-icon.

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