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Peace talks more important than polls: Hamdard

Peace talks more important than polls: Hamdard

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Oct 31, 2019 - 12:01

MAZAR-I-SAHRIF (Pajhwok): The presidential election has no winner and there is need to priorities peace talks, says a senior member of the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Juma Khan Hamdard said the low voter turnout in the presidential election meant people wanted an end to the ongoing conflict.

Hamdard claimed the conditions were ideal for peace in the country, as there was an international consensus on a negotiated settlement to the war.

The HIA leader said that the parties, which had initiated the war, ruled out a military solution. “Foreigners initiated the war on our soil and now they are more willing than anyone else to end it.”

The senior HIA member said there was an international and regional consensus on peace in the country. He also stressed the need for consensus between the government and political groups.

The presidential election had no clear winner and there was a need for establishing peace and then holding an inclusive vote, Hamdard suggested.

Without naming anyone, he said some individuals and groups were impeding the peace process before the election. But they have now toned down their stand.

The government was a party to the peace process, but a final decision was the prerogative of the countries, including the US, which launched the conflict, he explained.

The government should seek advice from political parties on constituting a delegation for peace talks, the HIA member suggested.

He believed the Americans had to make peace because the Afghan nation was tired of the 18-year-old conflict.

He added all issues should be discussed at the negotiating table. Hamdard accused the government of not honouring the peace deal with the HIA.

Hamdard reiterated the presidential election had no clear winner in the first round and the vote would thus go to the runoff stage.

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