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APSC aims to gain authority by pressing govt: activists

APSC aims to gain authority by pressing govt: activists

Dec 21, 2015 - 20:59

KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Monday criticised the newly created political party “Afghanistan’s Protection and Stability Council (APSC)” and said its leaders wanted to gain authority by pressuring the government.

Former jihadi leaders, ex-senior government officials and politicians on Friday announced the establishment of the country’s first opposition party they named APSC aimed at pressuring the government to deliver on its pledges.

Mohammad Younus Qanoni, head of Afghanistan Nawin Party and a former vice-president, Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi, Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar and National Party Leadership Council chief Sadiq Mudabbir are among members of the APSC.

Bringing reforms to different government sectors, maintaining security and addressing the current problems and challenges of the country are primary goals of the council.

APSC members say the new party does not aim to collapse the current government or act as an opposition party, but its goal is reforms.

However, some civil society activists said the aim of the council was to blackmail the government because those leading the council had no good record in the past.

Attaullah Hairan, a member of Milli Ghorzang civil society group, told a news conference on Monday that the creation of the council was not to protect the country, but to protect personal interests of its members and destroy the current somewhat stability in the country.

“Most sacrifices during the jihad were offered by the masses, these so-called jihadi leaders should not misuse the name of jihad, it is enough for them to have luxurious vehicles and tall buildings, people would no longer tolerate their deceiving tactics,” he said.

A member of Civil Society Federation Institute, Yousuf Amin Zazai, said only those committed to the will of people could serve the country and Islam could be enforced only by those who observed justice.

He said the aim of the council was to seek seats and high positions in the government after they were denied such posts in the past.

Civil society activists and Afghan people together with Afghan forces would not let such individuals misuse the name of Islam and stability, Zazai said.

Nazir Ahmad Farhang, a member of another civil society group, said the creation of the opposition was legal and could help improve governance, but it could destabilise the government if got involved in unwanted activities.

He told the APSC leaders: “People no longer want a return to the 1990s and people would not tolerate the destruction of the achievements of the past 14 years. You should try to strengthen the government and not to derail democracy.”

However, APSC members say they do not want government positions but to jointly address people’s complaints.