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Senate rises for recess amid calls for consensus on peace

Senate rises for recess amid calls for consensus on peace

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Jan 20, 2020 - 18:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): On the eve on winter break, some Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members raised objections over the ongoing peace talks between the US and Talibaninfo-icon, demanding consensus among Afghan politicians for reconciliation.

Under Article 107 of the Constitution, the Meshrano Jirga winter recess begins tomorrow.

Senate deputy secretary Faisal Samai said since beginning of the ongoing legislative year, the Mesharano Jirgainfo-icon approved 47 draft laws, legislative decrees and international agreements and summoned 631 government officials in its meetings to answer lawmakers’ questions.  He said the house would rise for winter recess tomorrow (Wednesday)

Peace Process

The on again and off again talks between the Taliban and the US continued for one year amid reports of progress in these talks, but a final agreement is yet to be inked.

According to reports, the Taliban have agreed to reduce violence, but Presidential Spokesperson SediqSediqi said that there was no progress on ceasefire and reduction in violence.

Mesharano Jirga members debated the peace process in their last meeting before the winter break.

Mohammad Nader Baloch, a lawmaker from Nimroz province, termed the peace talks as the only way to achieve reconciliation. He said the Afghan nation and government was not aware of US-Taliban negotiations and alleged that a number of politicians in this process perused their personal interests.

“We want the politicians to sit together for the sake of peace and security, not for the sake of your personal interest. The situation is critical and we should be very careful,” he said.

Deputy chairman Mohammad Alam Ayzidyar said reduction in violence was not acceptable for Afghans, adding that reduction in violence had no legal definition.

“The only way to peace is direct talks between the Taliban and the government and the implementation of ceasefire,” he said.

Faisal Samai, deputy secretary of the house, said: “With announcement of reduction in violence, the people now regard the ongoing peace process as a conspiracy and nothing else.”

He also stressed unity among politicians and asked them to be conscious and inform people about the prevailing situation.

Senate chairman FazalHadiMuslimyar said: “Despite continuation of peace talks, 20 martyrs are daily brought to the 400-bed hospital and we are proud of our martyrs.”

He said peace was the need of Afghans and the Senate always supported every step towards that end.  Muslimyar suspected the US sincerity in the Afghan peace process.

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