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Khalili calls for comprehensive reforms in HPC

Khalili calls for comprehensive reforms in HPC

Jul 03, 2017 - 15:39

KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed High Peace Council (HPC) chief on Monday acknowledged the need for reforming panel whose strategies and policies required a comprehensive review.

Mohammad Karim Khalili issued the call at his introduction ceremony at the Presidential Palace. The ceremony was also attended by the president, chief executive officer (CEO), Kabul court judge and representatives of the international community.

“There is no doubt that a huge part of HPC’s succession depends on reforms and changes in this organ, all the strategies and policies and performance of this council needs review,” he said.

“I hope reforms will be introduced soon to ensure HPC efficiency, productivity and transparency. Transparency in financial matters, negotiations and agreements are the most important issues we would focus,” Khalili added.

Stressing the importance of peace in the country, he said: “I call on all militant groups, particularly the Taliban, to join the peace process. Fight is no solution and we can rescue our nation through intra-Afghan talks.”

He explained peace was not a game that was won or lost, but it was a victory both for the government and the militants. “The Quran says that both sides benefit from peace.”

The peace agreement with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, was a great achievement, he said, admitting violence had not decreased. He hoped the HPC would be able to reach a similar pact with the Taliban.

Khalili asked the government, international community, jihadi leaders, parliament members, political parties, civil society organisations, human rights campaigners, media and the public to cooperate with the HPC on establishing peace.

Peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the interest of the region and the world, he argued, saying the council would not succeed without consistent cooperation from all groups.

President Ashraf Ghani, addressing the ceremony, said: “Khalili has many qualities and he will be able to take effective steps for bringing peace to the country.”

Khalili replaces Pir Sayed Ahmad Gilani, who died in January this year. The HPC created in mid-1389 was initially led by Burhanuddi Rabbani, who was killed in a suicide attack. His Rabbani was the second HPC chief.