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Loya Jirga to boost peace process, hopes AIP

Loya Jirga to boost peace process, hopes AIP

Aug 08, 2020 - 12:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A Kabul-based think-tank says it welcomes any action that reflects people’s participation in important decisions.

But the Afghanistaninfo-icon Institute of Peace (AIP) noted convening of the Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon involved ambiguous and contradictory points.

In a statement, AIP hoped convening of the consultative Loya Jirga would strengthen the peace process and the intra-Afghan dialogue.

Kabul had repeatedly denied there were foreign fighters, such as Chechens and Pakistanis, among the 400 Talibaninfo-icon prisoners the government did not want to free, it said.

“Recently, the Loya Jirga Secretariat revealed there are no foreign nationals among the prisoners; there were some suspected people. After identification, however, it became clear they are Afghans.”

Such contradictory statements indicated that the main decision-maker on the issue was not the Loya Jirga, but there were other addresses, the AIP argued.

“It seems the government wants to use this Jirgainfo-icon as a weapon and a means of mounting pressure on its opponents. But at what cost?” the statement added.

Organising the tribal council would cost 330 million afghanis, the institute said, adding that the three-day closure of government offices in Kabul would lead to an additional loss of millions of afghanis.

“In the last two years, our country has faced much more important and complex issues than the 400 prisoners, but the government alone has made decisions mostly against the will of the people,” it alleged.

While questioning the composition of the Loya Jirga, the institute claimed its findings showed that a number of people had been invited on the basis of kinship and political links.

It hoped the jirga’s conduct would not undermine the core nature of the institution, which had a high place in the culture and societyinfo-icon.

AIP suggested the participants of the Loya Jirga should not be used as a means of achieving the goals of specific domestic and foreign circles.

The attendees must protect the supreme interests of the country in any decision they took, the statement maintained.

“Now that jirga has begun its work, it should advise the government … to bring together the various peace groups and establish a direction for following the peace process…”

If the government ignored the Loya Jirga proposals, the crisis would deepen and the peace process would be further undermined, it warned.



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