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Election to create new crisis, fear politicians

Election to create new crisis, fear politicians

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Sep 23, 2019 - 20:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of politicians on Monday expressed their concern about what they called “exclusive election” that they feared would create a new political crisis, stressing more focus on the peace process.

They expressed these views during a meeting with former jihadiinfo-icon leaders, civil societyinfo-icon activists and ordinary people about peace and election in capital Kabul, .

The gathering also released a statement. Shared with Pajhwok Afghan News by the office of former President Hamid Karzai, the letter says that any shakiness in the peace negotiations means “continuation of bloodshed of Afghans in the ongoing conflict.”

“We by taking peace and stability and current situation of the country into consideration believe that transparent and inclusive election would not be possible and even can push our people into a worse political and social crisis. We believe that we should divert all our focus to peace and stability of the country,” the statement read.

The statement said election that reflected free intention of people, was undoubtedly democracy; but the ballot in current situation would be doctored that would plunge country into a worse crisis.

The government’s lack of control over important parts of the country and lack of opportunity for a large number of people to participate in election show that the election will not be inclusive and people will not trust such a development.

“Many facts show that this election will not only create crisis but would further add to divisions among people and weaken government institutes as well as further damage public trust in democracy.”

The meeting stressed that more attention should be paid peace and ending the ongoing conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The statement said, “We, a collection of influential figures, jihadi leaders, representatives of civil society and Afghan people, are trying to initiate an inclusive and nationwide plan for peace and then share it with all people, many of the country’s political and social leaders are working on this.”

The source said the grouping would soon wage a nationwide campaign to rehabilitate peace in the country.

The meeting also invited the Talibaninfo-icon to talk with them and urged early resumption of cancelled negotiations between the US and Taliban that should be followed by intra-Afghan dialogue.

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