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Editorial: Abdullah refuse to attend peace Loya Jirga

16 Apr 2019 Afghanistan Times

Unity Government’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah

Abdullah has refused to attend the Consultative Loya Jirga, scheduled to be

held on April 29th to discuss ways and means for return of peace and

reconciliation with Taliban resistance force, saying that not only him but also

his electoral team would not attend the jirga. This announcement on the part of

Dr. Abdullah has not only causes wide range unrest amongst the war affected

people but could be considered first ever revolt against the Loya Jirga, which

had always helped the Afghans of resolving own internal disputes but also

averting plunging of the country into crises, even ensuring its sovereignty and

solidarity at the time of aggression from abroad. No one can deny the fact that

President Ghani’s decision of approaching the Loya Jirga is too much delay as

it was scheduled or demanded in 2017 not only for overlooking the peace process

but also for addressing anomalies in the Constitution. In fact, President Ghani

has never made an attempt to take the nation into confidence regarding

important issues including Durand Line affairs with Pakistan. Such failure on

the part of President Ashraf Ghani now resulted irreparable losses to

Afghanistan and its people. Dr. Abdullah who is in contest for the top

important Presidential office for third time is not alone but he enjoys support

and association of powerful figures such Karim Khalili and Abdul Rashid Dostum

as his backers. Justifying his decision, Abdullah claims, “we in the Stability

and Convergence Team were not consulted to call the jirga, neither in level of

political parties and figures nor in government. We see no justifiable reasons

for the jirga either. Bashir Ahmad Tah Yench, an ally of Abdullah in the

upcoming presidential elections accused President Ashraf Ghani of misusing the

Loya Jirga for his personal campaign in the elections. “This is a matter of

concern for us that unfortunately President Ghani makes efforts to use the Jirga

as his campaign for election. His claims that he was authorized by the people

to call the Jirga, will challenge the peace efforts,” said Tah Yench. So far no

any reaction was made by President Ghani or his aides. Ghani’s Spokesman, Shah

Hossain Mortazawi said that government would later comment in this regard. The

Political analysts interpret Abdullah’s stance as the climax of differences in

the leadership of the national unity government. “This stance is a reaction from

an electoral team and besides that, is an indicator of distrust space and

differences that has been existed in the unity government and is now at its

climax,” said Nasrollah Stanekzai, political sciences professor at Kabul

University. But rifts and divisions amongst the ranks of so-called Unity is not

new for the Afghans and rest of the world as well. Since installation of unity

government in last half of 2014, President Ghani and Abdullah’s team are at

irons to each other’s. Even both of them have made at surprise UN like bodies

when they insisted on attending and addressing its General assembly

simultaneously. Such rifts and divisions could be assumed nothing else but bad

luck of the country and its people who are ahead with turmoil due to strange-pulling

for powers and perks amongst its leaders.

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