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“No regret for not attending Loy Jirga”

06 May 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai says he is not

regretful that he did not attend the Consultative Loya Jirga on peace, convened

last week in Kabul to discuss ways for negotiations with Taliban.

“The Consultative Loya Jirga was not held at a proper time

by the government, and I am not regretful for not attending,” Karzai told Radio

Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Monday in an interview.

More than 3,000 people from 34 provinces called on Taliban

and government after a five-day long discussion for an immediate ceasefire from

the first day of the holy month of Ramazan began on Monday. The call was

welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani who promised to use it as a roadmap for his

government policy, but Taliban rejected it, vowing to continue attacks during

the fasting month which “brings more rewards”.

Karzai who was accompanied by a number of other politicians

mostly opposing Ghani’s policies in boycotting the Loya Jirga, said that the

Jirgas had always resolved big problems “in this country”, but claimed that

there was no “unity of opinion” in the consultative peace Loya Jirga.

The former president added that he had advised President

Ghani about an unsuitable time for the Jirga. “I told him (Ghani) that it is

not time to convene Loya Jirga. It would be better to call it at first or at

the end of the peace efforts. Dr. Abdullah disagreed with him and told him in

my presence to speak at a session about the calling of the jirga. Also, other

elders of the country were not convinced and I knew that Taliban would reject


Karzai said he accepted the Jirga’s resolution as peaceful,

except one point. “I appreciate the jirga resolution because it emphasizes on

peace. Of course, its article 3 makes problem that I would not like to comment

on. But I welcome the rest of resolution as people’s demand for peace.”

The article 3 calls “different interpretations from Islam”

as one of the war reasons in Afghanistan. This faced reactions from clerics and

political opposition who were seeking a point in the jirga to press.

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