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Ask our questions from Khalilzad, Afghan MPs write to Lynch

Ask our questions from Khalilzad, Afghan MPs write to Lynch

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Sep 22, 2020 - 17:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A group of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members in a letter have asked US House Oversight and Reform National Security Subcommittee chairman Stephen Lynch to grill special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad that how could he entertain the mere idea of dismantling Afghan national defense and security forces by the Talibaninfo-icon.

“What will be our response to the families of the Afghan and American soldiers that paid the ultimate price?,” the group “the National Interests Preservation Group” wrote in the letter to Stephen Lynch ahead of Khalilzad’s testimony before the US house panel.

Khalilzad will testify before the House Oversight and Reform National Security Subcommittee when he returns from an official trip to Doha, Qatar, the panel said in a statement Monday.

The Afghan lawmakers said they hoped for best possible outcome from the on-going peace negotiations in Qatar and that they valued the sacrifices the American men and womeninfo-icon alongside their Afghan counterparts for greater good of preserving freedom, liberty and human rights.

“We understand that the peace breakthrough facilitated by the US government is aligned with the aspirations of our great nation. It has created a new pathway for a hopeful future where every Afghan can wake up without the fear of losing a loved one on their way to school or work by an act of terror.”

They called on Stephen Lynch to stand for women’s rights and a peace deal that preserved the rights of every Afghan man and woman.

“Not a deal that prevents little girls from going to school, not a deal that leads to the destruction of our institutions, not a deal that backtracks on the great achievements of freedom and democracy. Let’s make sure that Afghanistaninfo-icon does not become a safe haven for terrorism by proxy,” the Wolesi Jirga members wrote.

The lawmakers urged Stephen Lynch and other American counterparts to raise following questions on Tuesday, September 22nd during Zalmay Khalilzad’s hearing:

1. Is democracy negotiable? If yes, to what extent?

2. How can Mr. Khalilzad entertain the mere idea of dismantling the ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) by the Taliban? What will be our response to the families of the Afghan and American soldiers that paid the ultimate price?

3. Pakistaninfo-icon has a proven record of training terrorists and sending them to Afghanistan and the worldinfo-icon, is there any assurance that Pakistan will let peace prevail in Afghanistan?

4. Why did the U.S. government agree to strike a deal with the Taliban before the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations?

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