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Some members term Consultative Loya Jirga as symbolic

Some members term Consultative Loya Jirga as symbolic

Aug 08, 2020 - 20:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some members of the Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon (CLJ) on Saturday termed the grand meeting as symbolic and said it was convened under international pressure.

The CLJ began on Friday and is being participated by around 3,200 members to discuss the release of 400 Talibaninfo-icon prisoners.

Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, some members said the outcome of the grand meeting had already been decided and its members were brought together to hold a symbolic event.

Malaika, a member of the CLJ from Zabul province, said the ongoing CLJ was a planned event which the president convened under pressure from the US to free the dangerous prisoners.

She said if the assembly was not symbolic then why the government did not convene it to discuss the release of all Taliban prisoners.

Thousands of Taliban prisoners have been released as part of the US-Taliban agreement in February.

Haji Mark Zadran, another member of the Jirgainfo-icon from Khost province, said if the president valued public opinion, he would have convened the event before the start of releasing Taliban prisoners.

Mahmood Marhon, another member of the Jirga, said the grand meeting had no value now. “This meeting would have been fruitful, had Anas Haqqani been released. He added when 4,600 prisoners were released without consultation, the remaining 400 should also be freed without consultation.

But Naseri, yet another member of the CLJ, said it was treason to call the grand meeting as symbolic, adding that they will not allow anyone to dub the meeting ordinary. “Being a representative I defend Afghanistaninfo-icon’s interest,” he said.




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