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Amarkhel averse to parliamentary system of government

Amarkhel averse to parliamentary system of government

Feb 20, 2017 - 15:56

KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Solidarity Association (NSA) on Monday lashed out at the government’s performance, opposed the decentralisation of power and demanded resolution of the shelling issue through the National Security Council (UNSC).

Speaking to reporters here, NSA head Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhel said a change in the form of the government system was against the national interest. Such a move, he claimed, was against the law and would strengthen Afghanistan’s enemy.

He lamented warlords were still active in different parts of the country and saw their interest in chaos and instability. Without naming any political figure or party, Amarkhel said the decentralisation of authority was not in Afghanistan’s favour.

Earlier, former Wolesi Jirga speaker and member of Jihadi Council Mohammad Yunus Qanuni said centralization of authority was fuelling political instability. He believed Afghanistan’s problem could not be resolved until the current presidential system was changed to a parliamentary system.

But Amarkhel, former secretary to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), said: “Unfortunately, we could not appoint a cabinet of professional ministers in the past two and a half year.” Currently, 10 ministries have acting heads.

He criticised the government’s performance, alleging President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah had failed to honour their election campaign pledges.

About recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Amarkhal said Islamabad wanted to pose as a victim of terrorism. He blamed Pakistan for widening the distance between the peoples living on both sides of the Durand Line and imposing the Durand Line as an international boundary.

He said the ongoing war had been imposed on Afghanistan and was no more acceptable to the people. He urged the warring parties to go for an intra-Afghan dialogue for the sake of durable peace and stability in the country.