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New HPC leadership formally begins work

New HPC leadership formally begins work

Feb 23, 2016 - 19:08

KABUL (Pajhwok): Emphasising the independent status of the High Peace Council (HPC), a government body tasked with negotiating peace with insurgents, the Afghan government leaders on Tuesday said the Afghan peace process enjoyed national and international backing.

Top government officials, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah, and noted jihadi leaders attended a gathering held to formally introduce the newly-appointed HPC chairman and other members of the council.

Renowned spiritual leader Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani has been appointed as new HPC chairman and former vice president Karim Khalili and former Bamyan governor Habiba Surabi as his two deputies.

President Ghani told the meeting that the government and the people of Afghanistan believed that peace was necessary and the government-initiated process had national and international support.

He said religious leaders had a vital role to play in bringing peace and stability to the country by inviting people to join the peace process.

Ghani said as many as 40 members of peace committees in provinces had been killed by the enemies of Afghanistan and 185 individuals were perished after they joined the government-initiated peace process.

Dr. Abdullah said a dignified peace was the desire of every Afghan. He also said the Afghan government-initiated peace process had national and international support.

He hoped neighboring countries and the international community would play their sincere role in establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

HPC chairman Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani said he would strive to ensure lasting peace in the country so that the government could function in an efficient way to serve the people and bring stability to people’s lives.

HPC was incepted back in 2010 aimed at brokering peace with the government’s armed opponents, but after consuming millions of dollars, the council has been unable to achieve a major breakthrough.