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PCC supports peace over election to end ongoing bloodshed in Afghanistan

14 Aug 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: The Presidential Candidates Council (PCC) have

declared support for the ongoing peace process that could end the ongoing

bloodshed, emphasizing that fighting will continue in Afghanistan if the

election is not sacrificed for peace.

“The peace process should be completed so the opportunity

for an inclusive election to be provided. Otherwise, no one will participate in

the election,” Shahab Hakimi, a presidential candidate quoted by ariananews, as

saying.

“We go on both with the peace process’s agenda and the

election’s agenda. Both are the holy desire of the Afghan people and none

should deny each other,” said Faramarz Tamana, a presidential candidate.

As it seems, the U.S. has prioritized the Afghan peace

process and is less interested in holding of the election unless the peace

process is finalized.

“This can be a political issue where a ticket can use the

current situation for its benefit and make other candidates busy with the peace

process,” said Naiem Ayoubzada, Chief of the Transparent Election Foundation of

Afghanistan.

Peace process have given priority while the Afghan

government has emphasized over election in its due time on 28th September.

However, the Taliban group threaten to target civilians participating in

election process that widely condemned by the Afghan government and 

According to international humanitarian and human rights

law, the electoral process in Afghanistan is a civilian undertaking and

everyone has the right to take part in public affairs, to vote and to be

elected to government without discrimination and without unreasonable

restrictions.

The United Nations say attacks directed against polling

centers and civilians participating in the electoral process are clear

violations of international law, and perpetrators of such crimes must be held

accountable.

The Taliban group recently called presidential elections as

misleading and illegitimate, and warned to disrupt the process. They group

called on Afghan masses to stay away from gatherings of electoral campaigns and

rallies.

In a statement, the Taliban said fighters should “stand

against this theatrical and sham of a process to their full capabilities” — a

clear instruction to conduct attacks.

“To prevent losses, God forbid, from being incurred by our

fellow compatriots, they must stay away from gatherings and rallies that could

become potential targets,” a message posted on the Taliban’s website stated.

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