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Muslimyar warns against ‘hidden deals’ in peace process

Muslimyar warns against ‘hidden deals’ in peace process

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Jul 09, 2019 - 19:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house chairman on Tuesday insisted on talks between the Talibaninfo-icon and the government but criticized some parts of the resolution letter of the just concluded Doha meeting.

The meeting in Qatar, brokered jointly by Germany and Qatar, was attended by 60 people in Doha on Sunday and Monday.

A 17-member Taliban delegation and Afghan civil societyinfo-icon activists, right activists, womeninfo-icon representatives and prominent political figures from Afghanistaninfo-icon and Europe participated in the meeting.

The meeting was wrapped up with an eight-article resolution letter in which the warring sides were asked to reduce violence.

The two groups agreed to continue "all-inclusive Afghan negotiations" and said the country will be a "united" and "Islamic" one that sets aside "all ethnic differences." It also asks for an end to civilian casualties and the protection for women's rights in an "Islamic framework."

Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar told today’s session about the Doha meeting that peace was the need of Afghanistan and the upper house supported any meeting that could ensure peace in the country.

However, he said such meetings should not ignore the current system and the Afghan people.

The article third of the resolution letter says: The Afghan nation that has given sacrifices in the history, particularly over the last four decades for the defense of the country, ask the international community and regional countries to respect the mentioned high values. We want support of the international community and regional countries to end this ongoing war and intra-Afghan understanding between different classes of the society for a stable peace in the country”.

However, Muslimyar, pointing to the resolution letter, said that the past 18 years of war in the country was not part of jihadinfo-icon for the defense of the country and people might draw their own definitions of the text of the letter.

He said he was ready for a debate about his own stance (about jihad) with the delegation participated in Doha meeting.

Muslimyar said counting the last 18 years of fight in Afghanistan as jihad against foreign occupation disrespected the Afghan security forces.

“Hundreds of our soldiers are killed on a daily basis, how they describe it Jihad, this article of the letter seriously made me worried,” he said.

About the Afghan delegation which participated in the Doha meeting, he said, “People who can represent the nation should attend such meetings but those who attended it on behalf of Afghanistan should better represent the nation and press the Taliban for talks with the government.”

About Zalmay Khalilzad, US’s special representative for the Afghan peace process, Muslimyar said, “Hidden deals cannot succeed, this nation saw many hidden deals, but they failed.”

He said all things being discussed with the Taliban should be shared with the public for reaching a durable peace in the country.

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